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DATE=1/27/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244776 TITLE=U-N - IRAQ / NEXT STEP (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: DIPLOMATS ON THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL SAY THEY MADE SOME PROGRESS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN DISCUSSIONS ON IRAQ. THE COUNCIL IS TRYING TO BRIDGE DIVISIONS OVER ITS POLICIES ON IRAQ, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF DISARMAMENT. V-O-A'S UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS. TEXT: THE LATEST COUNCIL TALKS ON IRAQ FOCUSSED ON A MODIFIED VERSION OF A CANADIAN PROPOSAL FIRST SUBMITTED LAST WEEK. COUNCIL PRESIDENT CELSO NUNEZ AMORIM OF BRAZIL SAYS THE DOCUMENT IS HELPING TO CREATE A CONSENSUS ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD ON IRAQ. /// AMORIM ACT /// I THINK WE ARE SLOWLY GETTING CLOSER TO POSSIBLE AGREEMENT. /// END ACT /// THE DOCUMENT PROPOSES THE FORMATION OF THREE PANELS CONCERNING IRAQ. THE FIRST WOULD FOCUS ON DISARMAMENT ISSUES, THE SECOND ON HUMANITARIAN ISSUES AND THE THIRD ON KUWAITI PRISONERS OF WAR FROM THE GULF WAR. THE PANELS WOULD BRING TOGETHER ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION ON THE THREE ISSUES, AND CREATE A BASIS FOR DISCUSSING WHAT TO DO NEXT. CANADIAN AMBASSADOR ROBERT FOWLER STRESSES THAT THE PROPOSAL IS AIMED AT ESTABLISHING A PROCEDURE FOR DISCUSSING MORE DIFFICULT ISSUES AND NOT THE ISSUES THEMSELVES. /// FOWLER ACT /// I WAS FAIRLY HEARTENED BY OUR LONG DISCUSSION TODAY ON THE BASIS OF OUR MOST RECENT DRAFT. BUT I WOULD REITERATE THE FACT THAT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS PROCEDURE. WE ARE NOT NOW NEGOTIATING WHAT IS NOW GOING TO HAPPEN IN IRAQ. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS HOW TO GET TO A DISCUSSION OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN IRAQ, AND ON THAT I AM FAIRLY CONFIDENT. /// END ACT /// THE SECURITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN DIVIDED OVER HOW TO PROCEED WITH IRAQI DISARMAMENT ISSUES SINCE THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN LAUNCHED MILITARY STRIKES AGAINST IRAQ IN DECEMBER. THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN SUPPORT THE U-N WEAPONS INSPECTION COMMISSION, UNSCOM. RUSSIA, CHINA AND FRANCE WANT TO ELIMINATE OR REPLACE UNSCOM. THEY SAY IT IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND HAS LOST ITS CREDIBILITY ... A CHARGE UNSCOM DENIES. THE CANADIAN PROPOSAL DISCUSSED WEDNESDAY SUGGESTS THAT UNSCOM PARTICIPATE IN THE PANEL ON DISARMAMENT ISSUES IN IRAQ. DIPLOMATS SAY SOME COUNTRIES, PARTICULAR RUSSIA, ARE CONTINUING TO PRESS FOR CHANGES THAT WOULD REDUCE UNSCOM'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE DISCUSSION PROCESS. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/PT 27-Jan-99 4:53 PM EST (2153 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .