IK/155

                                                      SC/5738

                                                      8 November 1993





     SPECIAL COMMISSION COMPLETES LARGEST, MOST COMPLEX INSPECTION OF IRAQ





        Twenty-Eight Locations Visited from 30 September to 27 October







     The following was issued today by the Special Commission set up under

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

Iraq's weapons of mass destruction:



     Nikita Smidovich, Chief Inspector for the Special Commission, returned to

New York this weekend after leading the largest and most complex inspection

yet conducted in Iraq in search of banned weapons.  The inspection team,

numbered UNSCOM 63, searched for evidence of hidden weapons, primarily

ballistic missiles and chemical weapons, banned under the terms of the

cease-fire resolution 687 (1991).



     The team's task was to investigate information made available to the

Special Commission concerning possible caches of banned weapons and to verify

Iraqi declarations on certain relevant activities.  Inspection activities were

conducted over the period 30 September to 27 October 1993 and 28 locations

were visited.  Those sites were concentrated in central, northern and western

Iraq.  The team was comprised of 85 inspectors from 9 countries.



     To enhance the efficacy of the inspection, the team utilized new

technologies and methodologies.  New equipment included ground penetrating

radar, mounted on specially adapted helicopters, to survey sites for

underground cavities or concealed items.  All potential areas of interest

identified by the radar were immediately examined in detail by pre-positioned

teams on the ground.  The UNSCOM 63 also employed helicopter-mounted,

forward-looking infrared radar to assist in the securing of sites to be

inspected overnight.  This was the first time UNSCOM has used night aerial

surveillance.  The effective use of these new sensors required the

introduction of innovative inspection techniques and closely coordinated

ground and air assets.



     During the course of the inspection, no items prohibited under the terms

of section C of resolution 687 (1991) were found.



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