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






Would it be appropriate to question Anne Campbell as to Britain's stance
towards other countries failing to comply with the will of the
international community as 'reflected' in UN Security Council resolutions?
The example of those pertaining to the Occupied Territories, Israel, would
seem to present itself.


On Thu, 26 Feb 1998, Alan Bates (Nemo) wrote:

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> ALAN BATES
> Christ's College
> St. Andrew's Street
> Cambridge
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 15:05:09 +0000
> From: Anne Campbell MP <anne.campbell.mp@dial.pipex.com>
> To: "Alan Bates (Nemo)" <atb24@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
> 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
> inspect.
> 
> 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.
> 
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> Anne Campbell MP
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> Tel:  (01223) 506500.   Fax: (01223) 311315
> http://www.worldserver.pipex.com/anne.campbell/
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