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Re: Paying Washington's price with their lives (sanctions) (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 15:05:09 +0000
From: Anne Campbell MP <>
To: "Alan Bates (Nemo)" <>
Subject: Re: Paying Washington's price with their lives (sanctions)

Thank you for writing to me about the situation in Iraq.  Before
replying in detail to your letter,  I would like to set out the
background to recent events.

Following the end of the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was ordered by the UN
to destroy all his chemical and biological weapons and other weapons of
mass destruction (WMD).  Yet Iraq has up until now defied the will of
the UN Security Council and has sought to frustrate the efforts of the
United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) in implementing fully the
UN’s resolutions.

Under UNSCR 687 (1991), UNSCOM is charged by the UN Security Council
with eliminating Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons and long-range
missiles, supporting the IAEA in eliminating its nuclear weapons
programme, and setting up long-term monitoring systems to ensure that
such programmes cannot be revived.  For this purpose, Iraq is required
to give its full co-operation and in particular to give UNSCOM
immediate, unrestricted access to any site in Iraq which it needs to

Iraq’s compliance with UN Security Council resolutions has been our aim
throughout.  In that respect, we welcome the apparent progress made by
Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General.  If the agreement reached proves
satisfactory - and we will clearly want to examine it in detail - this
will be a very clear victory for diplomacy backed by force.  It is this
international pressure and our robust military stance which have forced
Saddam Hussein to give ground.

Our quarrel all along has been with Saddam, not the Iraqi people.  The
Iraqi regime has access to substantial sums of money including hard
currency which could be used to alleviate the suffering of his people.
The UK also co-sponsored the UN-approved food for oil deal under which
Iraq is allowed to sell significant amounts of oil on the international
markets in order to purchase essential foods and medicines.

Saddam’s suggestion that there is not enough money to rebuild vital
hospitals and clinics is sheer nonsense.  According to reliable
estimates, Saddam has built or rebuilt at least 45 palaces since the end
of the Gulf War at a cost of US $1 billion.  That money could have been
spent on hospitals for the Iraqi people if Saddam had not chosen to
spend it on more presidential palaces.

Saddam has used weapons of mass destruction before - against both his
neighbours and his own people.  He must not be allowed to do so again.
Until UNSCOM’s work is complete, he remains a real threat to regional
and international peace.

Anne Campbell MP
Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge  CB1 2LD
Tel:  (01223) 506500.   Fax: (01223) 311315

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