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Text of UN-Iraq Agreement

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Text of U.N.-Iraq Agreement

By The Associated Press

Text of the agreement signed by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, obtained Monday by The Associated

Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and the Republic of

1. The Government of Iraq reconfirms its acceptance of all relevant
resolutions of the Security Council, including resolutions 687 (1991) and
715 (1991). The Government of Iraq further reiterates its undertaking to
cooperate fully with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and
the International Atomic  Energy Agency (IAEA).

2. The United nations reiterates the commitment of all Member States to
respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.

3. The Government of Iraq undertakes to accord to UNSCOM and IAEA
immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access in conformity with the
resolutions referred to in paragraph 1. In the performance of its mandate
under the Security Council resolutions, UNSCOM undertakes to respect the
legitimate concerns of Iraq relating to national security, sovereignty and

4. The United Nations and the Government of Iraq agree that the following
special procedures shall apply to the initial and subsequent entries for
the performance of the tasks mandated at the eight Presidential Sites in
Iraq as defined in the annex to the present Memorandum:

a) A Special Group shall be established for this purpose by the
Secretary-General in consultation with the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM
and the Director General of IAEA. This Group shall comprise senior
diplomats appointed by the Secretary General and experts drawn from UNSCOM
and IAEA. The Group shall be headed by a Commissioner appointed by the

b) In carrying out its work, the Special Group shall operate under the
established procedures of UNSCOM and IAEA, and specific detailed
procedures which will be developed given the special nature of the
Presidential Sites, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the
Security Council.

c) The report of the Special Group on its activities and findings shall be
submitted by the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM to the Security Council
through the Secretary General.

5. The United nations and the Government of Iraq further agree that all
other areas, facilities, equipment, records and means of transportation
shall be subject to UNSCOM procedures hitherto established.

6. Noting the progress achieved by UNSCOM in various disarmament areas,
and the need to intensify efforts in order to complete its mandate, the
United Nations and the Government of Iraq agree to improve cooperation,
and efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of work, so as to enable
UNSCOM to report to the Council expeditiously under paragraph 22 of
resolution 687 (1991). To achieve this goal, the Government of Iraq and
UNSCOM will implement the recommendations directed at them as contained in
the report of the emergency session of UNSCOM held on 21 November 1997.

7. The lifting of sanctions is obviously of paramount importance to the
people and Government of Iraq and  the Secretary-General undertook to
bring this matter to the full attention of the members of the Security

Signed this 23rd day of February 1998 in Baghdad in two originals in

                       For the United Nations

                       Kofi A. Annan


                       For the Republic of Iraq

                       Tariq Aziz

                       Deputy Prime Minister

Annex to the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and
the Republic of Iraq of 23 February 1998

The eight Presidential Sites subject to the regime agreed upon in the
present Memorandum of Understanding are the following:

                       1. The Republican Palace Presidential Site

                       2. Radwaniyah Presidential Site (Baghdad)

                       3. Sijood Presidential Site (Baghdad).

                       4. Tikrit Presidential Site.

                       5. Tharthar Presidential Site.

                       6. Jabal Makhul Presidential Site.

                       7. Mosul Presidential Site.

                       8. Basrah Presidential Site.

The perimeter of the area of each site is recorded in the survey of the
``Presidential sites'' in Iraq implemented  by the United Nations
Technical Mission designated by the Secretary-General, as attached to the
letter dated21 February 1998 addressed by the Secretary-General to the
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.

                       Y-02-23-98 2002EST

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