UNSCOM Press Release on Iraq (UN Information Service)



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                                                      24 September 1993







         SPECIAL COMMISSION ON IRAQI DISARMAMENT SAYS IRAQ HAS AGREED



             TO ACTIVATION OF MONITORING CAMERAS AT TWO TEST SITES







     The following was received from the Special Commission set up under

Security Council resolution 687 (1991) in connection with the disposal of

Iraq's weapons of mass destruction:



     On 23 September, the Special Commission was informed by Iraq that it

would no longer prevent the activation of the monitoring cameras installed by

the Commission at two rocket test stands in Iraq.  The Commission has

instructed the inspection team currently in Iraq monitoring these sites to

proceed with the activation and operation of these cameras.



     Activation of these cameras had been a precondition set by the Commission

for the continuation of the talks with Iraq, which had been initiated at a

high technical level in New York on 31 August.  These talks will now resume in

Baghdad.



     To prepare for the talks, an advance team of the Commission will go to

Baghdad on Monday, 27 September.  It will be charged with receiving from the

Iraqi side the information promised by Iraq during the New York round of talks.



     This will be followed by a visit by the Executive Chairman of the Special

Commission, who will arrive in Baghdad on 1 October.  The aim of this visit

will be to resolve all outstanding issues, in particular, the initiation of

ongoing monitoring and verification activities under the plans approved by the

Security Council.



     A small team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also

expected to visit Iraq to continue the discussion on nuclear issues.  That

team will arrive in Baghdad on 30 September.









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