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Iraq to Allow Inspections to Resume (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 15:31:24 +0000 (GMT)
From: Rania Masri <>

NOTE: THe sanctions have to end for Iraq to have peace.

                  Iraq to Allow Inspections to Resume

                  Saturday, November 14, 1998; 10:17 a.m. EST
                  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq will allow U.N. weapons
                  inspections to resume without conditions, U.N. special
                  envoy Prakash Shah said Saturday, likely averting a
                  U.S. military attack.

                  Shah said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein sent a letter
                  to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan saying that the
                  work of inspectors from the U.N. Special Commission and
                  the International Atomic Energy Agency at suspected
                  weapons sites could resume.

                  There are ``no conditions ... in this letter,'' Shah

                  ``The point ... is that the leadership of Iraq has
                  decided to resume working with UNSCOM and IAEA and
                  allow them to perform their normal duties,'' Shah said
                  at a news conference.

                  Saddam's decision will probably defuse the crisis over
                  arms inspections that has led to threatened American
                  attacks on Iraq and a buildup of U.S. military forces
                  in the Gulf.

                  Iraq's U.N. ambassador, Nizar Hamdoon, said Friday that
                  Annan had sent a letter to Saddam. He said he didn't
                  know the contents, but Western diplomats said it would
                  repeat Annan's urgent appeal Wednesday to resume
                  cooperation with the inspectors immediately.

                  It was understood in Baghdad that the letter contained
                  a personal pledge by Annan to work for the lifting of
                  U.N. sanctions on Iraq if the weapons inspectors were
                  allowed to go back to work.

                  Iraq had demanded that the U.N. Security Council, in
                  offering a comprehensive review of the U.N. arms
                  inspections, specifically say that review was designed
                  to end the sanctions, which ban Iraq's free export of
                  oil and have devastated the country's economy.

                  Such a promise from Annan would be less than a Security
                  Council pledge, but it could offer Iraq a way out of
                  the current crisis as an American attack on the country
                  appeared more and more likely.

                  The news of the breakthrough came after statements
                  Friday by both Saddam and President Clinton appeared to
                  offer little way out of the crisis.

                  On Saturday, Iraqi newspapers appealed for Arab help in
                  the event an attack was launched, and Iraqis took to
                  the streets in government-organized demonstrations
                  backing Saddam.

                  ``With our blood and souls we shall defend you,
                  Saddam,'' chanted members of the ruling Baath Party,
                  while at another demonstration Iraqi workers trampled
                  on and burned American and Israeli flags.

                  In his statement Friday, Saddam made clear that nothing
                  less than a pledge to lift U.N. sanctions would end the

                  Saddam insisted he was not trying to create a crisis
                  with his decisions in August and last month to block
                  the searches by U.N. inspectors for hidden weapons.

                  Referring to Iraq's insistence that it see a path
                  toward ending U.N. trade sanctions, Saddam declared:
                  ``Iraq will accept positively any initiative that meets
                  these just and balanced demands.''

                  But Clinton declared the standoff would only end when
                  Iraq resumed its cooperation with the U.N. Special

                  The Security Council says the trade sanctions, which
                  limit the sale of Iraqi oil, cannot be lifted until the
                  inspectors certify that Iraq has destroyed those

                         (c) Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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