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US Says Iraq Sanctions Will Remain By Edith M. Lederer Associated Press Writer Tuesday, November 17, 1998; 9:20 p.m. EST UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States made clear Tuesday that economic sanctions against Iraq will not be lifted at the end of a review of Baghdad's compliance with U.N. resolutions. The U.N. Security Council has promised to launch a review when U.N. weapons inspectors confirm Iraq has resumed unconditional cooperation. Baghdad wants the review to bring an end to the oil embargo imposed after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. But Deputy U.S. Ambassador Peter Burleigh said the U.S. government has always viewed the comprehensive review as just that -- a review of Iraqi obligations and the many questions it hasn't answered. ``We don't see the sanctions lifting as the end result of the comprehensive review,'' he said. Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Nizar Hamdoon said Tuesday night that Baghdad believes it will be able to convince the Security Council that it has meet ``the bulk of the requirements'' in the resolutions. ``If the comprehensive review comes up with a conclusion that Iraq has done so, the sanctions obviously and logically should be lifted,'' he said. Burleigh stressed that while the council has focused on resolutions demanding elimination of weapons, the United States is also demanding its compliance with resolutions calling for an accounting of missing Kuwaitis, looted Kuwaiti property and government archives. To show that the United States considers the fate of Kuwaiti prisoners ``an extremely important issue'' for Iraq to resolve, Burleigh called a sudden news conference and brought along Ibrahim Al-Shahine, vice-chairman of the Kuwait National Committee for Missing Persons and Prisoners of War Affairs. ``Eight years after the war of liberation of Kuwait, still we have over 600 people that Iraq refuses to give any information about,'' Al-Shahine said. ``The Iraqi authorities refuse to give information of who's alive and who's dead.'' Hamdoon denied having any prisoners of war and said Iraq was cooperating on the matter. Burleigh dismissed Baghdad's suggestion that sanctions should be lifted incrementally in proportion to Baghdad's compliance. ``It's not allowed under the resolutions. And as far as I know, there's no member of the council arguing for incremental lifting of sanctions,'' Burleigh said. But Hamdoon said ``the council may well decide at the end of the comprehensive review to lift the sanctions partially,'' which he insisted has been envisioned in Security Council resolutions. The Iraqis have charged the United States with misinterpreting U.N. resolutions to prolong the process of lifting sanctions. (c) Copyright 1998 The Associated Press -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html