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24 November 1998

TEXT: UNSC RESOLUTION ON IRAQ'S OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM NOV. 24

(A vote of 15-0 renews the program for six more months) (1130)



United Nations -- The UN Security Council November 24 voted
unanimously to renew the "oil-for-food" plan which allows Iraq to sell
more than $5,000 million in oil over the next six months to buy food
and other humanitarian goods for Iraqi civilians.


The Council adopted the resolution 15-0 extending the plan without
debate. It also included an allowance of $300 million for spare parts
and other material needed to rebuild Iraq's oil industry to enable it
to export the $5,256 million worth of oil in the six-month period.


Following is the UNSC text:



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France, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland: Resolution 1210


The Security Council,



Recalling its previous relevant resolutions and in particular its
resolutions 986 (1995) of 14 April 1995, 1111 (1997) of 4 June 1997,
1129 (1997) of 12 September 1997, 1143 (1997) of 4 December 1997, 1153
(1998) of 20 February 1998 and 1175 (1998) of 19 June 1998,


Convinced of the need as a temporary measure to continue to provide
for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people until the fulfillment
by the Government of Iraq of the relevant resolutions, including
notably resolution 687 (1991) of 3 April-1991, allows the Council to
take further action with regard to the prohibitions referred to in
resolution 661 (1990) of 6 August 1990, in accordance with the
provisions of those resolutions,


Convinced also of the need for equitable distribution of humanitarian
supplies to all segments of the Iraqi population throughout the
country,


Welcoming the positive impact of the relevant resolutions on the
humanitarian situation in Iraq as described in the report of the
Secretary-General (S/1998/1100),


Determined to improve the humanitarian situation in Iraq,



Reaffirming the commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Iraq.


Acting Under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,



1. Decides that the provisions of resolution 986 (1995), except those
contained in paragraphs 4, 11 and 12, shall remain in force for a new
period of 180 days beginning at 00.01 hours, Eastern Standard Time, on
26 November 1998;


2. Further decides that paragraph 2 of resolution 1153 (1998) shall
remain in force and shall apply to the 180-day period referred to in
paragraph 1 above;


3. Directs the Committee established by resolution 661 (1990) to
authorize, on the basis of specific requests, reasonable expenses
related to the Hajj pilgrimage, to be met by funds in the escrow
account;


4. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to take the actions
necessary to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of this
resolution, and to review, by 31 December 1998, the various options to
resolve the difficulties encountered in the financial process,
referred to in the Secretary-General's report of 19 November
(S/1998/1100), and to continue to enhance as necessary the United
Nations observation process in Iraq in such a way as to provide the
required assurance to the Council that the goods produced in
accordance with this resolution are distributed equitably and that all
supplies authorized for procurement, including dual usage items and
spare parts, are utilized for the purpose for which they have been
authorized;


5. Further decides to conduct a thorough review of all aspects of the
implementation of this resolution 90 days after the entry into force
of paragraph 1 above and again prior to the end of the 180-day period,
on receipt of the reports referred to in paragraphs 6 and 10 below,
and expresses its intention, prior to the end of the 180-day period,
to consider favorably renewal of the provisions of this resolution as
appropriate, provided that the said reports indicate that those
provisions are being satisfactorily implemented;


6. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council 90 day's
after the date of entry into force of paragraph 1 above, and again
prior to the end of the 180-day period, on the basis of observations
of United Nations personnel in Iraq, and of consultations with the
Government of Iraq, on whether Iraq has ensured the equitable
distribution of medicine, health supplies, foodstuffs, and materials
and supplies for essential civilian needs, financed in accordance with
paragraph 8 (a) of resolution 986 (1995), including in his reports any
observations which he may have on the adequacy of the revenues to meet
Iraq's humanitarian needs, and on Iraq's capacity to export sufficient
quantities of petroleum and petroleum products to produce the sum
referred to in paragraph 2 of resolution 1153 (1998);


7. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council if Iraq is
unable to export petroleum and petroleum products sufficient to
produce the total sum provided for in paragraph 2 above and, following
consultations with relevant United Nations agencies and the Iraqi
authorities, make recommendations for the expenditure of the sum
expected to be available, consistent with the priorities established
in paragraph 2 of resolution 1153 (1998) and with the distribution
plan referred to in paragraph 5 of resolution 1175 (1998);


8. Decides that paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 of resolution 1175 (1998)
shall remain in force and shall apply to the new 180-day period
referred to in paragraph 1 above;


9. Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Government
of Iraq, to submit to the Council, by 31 December 1998, a detailed
list of parts and equipment necessary for the purpose described in
paragraph 1 of resolution 1175 (1998);


10. Requests the Committee established by resolution 661 (1990), in
close coordination with the Secretary-General, to report to the
Council 90 days after the entry into force of paragraph 1 above and
again prior to the end of the 180-day period on the implementation of
the arrangements in paragraphs 1, 2, 6, 8, 9 and 10 of resolution 986
(1995);


11. Urges all States, and in particular the Government of Iraq, to
provide their full cooperation in the effective implementation of this
resolution;


12. Appeals to all States to continue to cooperate in the timely
submission of applications and the expeditious issue of export
licenses, facilitating the transit of humanitarian supplies authorized
by the Committee established by resolution 661 (1990), and to take all
other appropriate measures within their competence in order to ensure
that urgently required humanitarian supplies reach the Iraqi people as
rapidly as possible;


13. Stresses the need to continue to ensure respect for the security
and safety of all persons directly involved in the implementation of
this resolution in Iraq;


14.  Decides to remain seized of the matter.



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