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---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: International Action Center <email@example.com> International Action Center 39 West 14th St., #206 New York, NY 10011 (212) 633-6646 Fax: (212) 633-2889 http://www.iacenter.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 1998 UNSCOM & BUTLER'S "ROADMAP" IS A ROADBLOCK TO LIFTING U.S./UN SANCTIONS STAGE IS SET FOR NEW MILITARY CRISIS UNLESS SANCTIONS ARE ENDED, SAYS IAC United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) Chairperson, Richard Butler ended two days of briefings before the UN Security Council on Thursday, June 4 without revealing the so-called roadmap for the lifting of the deadly U.S./UN Sanctions. Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Sahaf said, "There is no roadmap. They [UNSCOM] failed to get a new mandate [from the Security Council]. They said they'd bring a roadmap and share their information with the Security Council and Iraq. But instead they distributed the same vague points. It isn't anything new." The International Action Center (IAC) and the Iraq Sanctions Challenge (ISC) demonstrated outside of the United Nations on Wednesday, June 3rd while Butler spoke to the Security Council. The group chanted "End the Sanctions Now, Let Iraq Live" and "Richard Butler You Can't Hide, We Charge You With Genocide!" "The U.S. Government's roadmap for ending the sanctions is the Highway of Death for the children, the elderly and the sick of Iraq," said Sara Flounders co-coordinator of the International Action Center. Flounders was a member of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge that recently delivered $4 million in medical aid to Iraq in defiance of the sanctions. "The Iraqi people must have the sanctions lifted. It would be useful to remember how the November 1997 - February 1998 military crisis began. The Iraqis said that there was no `light at the end of the tunnel.' They insisted that they were in compliance of paragraph 22 of Security Council Resolution 687, yet there was no timetable to lift the sanctions. "It was the mobilization of anti-war forces around the world that prevented what appeared to be an imminent U.S. air war in February," Flounders continued. "It is possible that U.S. intransigence or a new U.S. provocation could lead to a new military crisis. "Since the February 23rd agreement between Kofi Annan and the Iraqi leadership, Iraq has opened it's Presidential sites for inspection. Butler and the U.S. are now busy creating new roadblocks to the lifting of sanctions. We urge all anti-war activists to be on the alert and begin preparations for reviving the movement that sprang up from New York to San Francisco to Ohio State University and everywhere in between." --30-- -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html