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DATE=1/15/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244241 TITLE=U-N / RUSSIA / IRAQ (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: RUSSIA IS PROPOSING (FRIDAY) THAT THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL ESTABLISH A NEW ARMS CONTROL BODY FOR IRAQ TO REPLACE THE EXISTING U-N WEAPONS INSPECTION COMMISSION, UNSCOM. V-O-A'S UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS. TEXT: RUSSIA HAS SUBMITTED A THREE-PAGE PROPOSAL TO THE COUNCIL SUGGESTING A NEW ARMS CONTROL SYSTEM FOR IRAQ AND THE LIFTING OF THE OIL EMBARGO ON THAT COUNTRY. IT IS THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF PROPOSALS PUT FORWARD BY COUNCIL MEMBERS AIMED AT BREAKING THE LATEST DEADLOCK WITH IRAQ. THE RUSSIAN DOCUMENT BLAMES THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN FOR THE DEADLOCK. IT SAYS THEIR MILITARY STRIKES IN DECEMBER RESULTED IN THE TERMINATION OF UNSCOM ACTIVITIES. IT SAYS UNSCOM IN ITS PRESENT FORM OBVIOUSLY CANNOT WORK ANY LONGER IN IRAQ. RUSSIA SAYS A NEW INSPECTION BODY SHOULD BE CREATED. IT WOULD BE CONTROLLED BY A NEW COMMITTEE REPRESENTING ALL 15 MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL. THE RUSSIAN DOCUMENT IS SIMILAR IN SOME WAYS TO A FRENCH PROPOSAL SUBMITTED EARLIER THIS WEEK. BOTH PROPOSALS SUGGEST SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES IN THE SANCTIONS AND WEAPONS INSPECTIONS SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM LESS OBJECTIONABLE TO IRAQ. U-S REPRESENTATIVE PETER BURLEIGH WAS QUICK TO REJECT THE RUSSIAN PROPOSAL. HE SAYS THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO SUPPORT UNSCOM AND THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY -- THE MAIN COMPONENTS IN THE INSPECTION SYSTEM. /// BURLEIGH ACT /// OF COURSE WE REJECT THAT. WE THINK BOTH UNSCOM AND THE I-A-E-A HAVE TO CONTINUE FUNCTIONING WITH REGARD TO THE PROBLEM OF THE DISARMAMENT OF IRAQ. THE QUESTION IS HOW TO GET THEM BACK INTO IRAQ SO THAT THEY CAN HELP THE COUNCIL IMPLEMENT THE RESOLUTIONS IN PLAY. /// END ACT /// BAGHDAD HAS REFUSED TO ALLOW UNSCOM TO CARRY OUT ANY OF ITS WORK IN IRAQ FOLLOWING THE U-S AND BRITISH MILITARY STRIKES LAST MONTH. THE SECURITY COUNCIL IS SEARCHING FOR WAYS TO ESTABLISH SOME LEVEL OF COOPERATION WITH IRAQ WITHOUT USING FORCE. IRAQ SAYS IT WANTS THE IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS AND AN END TO WEAPONS INSPECTIONS. DIPLOMATS SAY COUNCIL MEMBERS AGREE SOME SORT OF A MECHANISM IS NEEDED TO ENSURE IRAQ DOES NOT DEVELOP WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. BUT THERE ARE DEEP DIVISIONS OVER HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/PT 15-Jan-99 3:08 PM EST (2008 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .