IK/156

                                                      SC/5750

                                                      17 November 1993





 SPECIAL COMMISSION INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE BY IRAQ







     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:





     The Special Commission is concluding the first stage of its investigation

into the allegations of chemical weapons use in southern Iraq.  As the second

stage, an inspection team will be sent to Iraq to conduct a thorough inspection

of the area of the alleged attack.



     The principal objective of the first stage, a fact-finding mission, was

to obtain a precise location of where the alleged attack took place to enable

the UNSCOM team to inspect the correct location.  Without an exact location, no

useful inspection could be conducted.  Precise coordinates are now available

to the Commission.



     Until the inspection has been concluded and the results analysed, there

will be no comment on the results of the inspection nor on the Commission's

conclusions on the question of chemical weapons use.























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