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breaking Iraq news: Butler Says Iraq Failed To Provide Full Cooperation.

Tuesday December 15 9:29 PM ET 

Butler Says Iraq Failed To Provide Full Cooperation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Chief U.N. arms inspector Richard Butler said
Tuesday that Iraq had not fully cooperated with his weapons experts. 

In the conclusions of a report to the Security Council, Butler said that
Iraq ``did not provide the full cooperation it promised on Nov. 14'' and
thereby ``ensured that no progress was able to be made in either the
fields of disarmament or accounting for its prohibited weapons programs.''


Tuesday December 15 9:00 PM ET

Butler Report On Iraq Said To Be Negative

 By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Chief U.N. arms inspector Richard Butler has
concluded that Iraq has not restored full cooperation with his weapons
experts, diplomats and U.N. officials said Tuesday. 

Butler, the executive chairman of the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM), in
charge of Iraq's chemical, biological and ballistic arms, hand-delivered a
crucial report to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan late Tuesday. 

Diplomats described the document as drawing ``negative'' conclusions about
Iraq's cooperation with arms inspections, which Baghdad first limited on
Aug. 5 and halted on Oct. 31. The inspectors returned to Iraq on Nov. 14. 

Butler's report could provide a basis for possible U.S.-British air
strikes against Iraq, which both countries have said could be conducted
without any further diplomatic consultations or warnings. 

In contrast, the diplomats said a report from the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), responsible for nuclear disarmament, gave a positive
evaluation of Baghdad's compliance in allowing inspections. 


Iraq, in its own summary of UNSCOM inspections since they resumed November
18, Monday submitted a letter criticizing the way some of them were
carried out. 

It said a large team looking into alleged Iraqi concealment activities
from Dec. 7 to 13 ``carried out its work in an intrusive and provocative
manner showing no respect'' for what Iraq said were agreed procedures,
particularly those relating to ``sensitive sites.''

It said the main members of the 30-member team, headed by Australian Roger
Hill, included 20 Americans, Britons and Australians. This was the team
that was barred when it tried to enter the Baghdad offices of Iraq's
ruling Baath party. 

Iraq also complained that, after inspecting a guest house of its Special
Security Service on Dec. 10, the team leader publicly stated that he
``sought to look into the Service's documents, which are closely related
to Iraq's national security.''

The following day, ``the team inspected a residential house in Baghdad,''
which Iraq said ``indicates that the team has no specific target related
to disarmament.''

Iraq said that on Dec. 5, among the sites inspected by one team were the
offices of two singers identified as Karim Al-Khaliji and Mohammed
Al-Ralal, the shop of a calligrapher, the office of a lawyer, two
supermarkets and other premises. 

Regarding air surveillance by helicopters flown and maintained for UNSCOM
by Chilean crews, Iraq said it was given so-called ``flight boxes'' -- map
coordinates of areas liable to inspection -- that were unusually large and
in some cases overlapped Iranian, Syrian and Jordanian territory. 

It did not say whether any of the helicopters actually flew beyond Iraqi

Another complaint was that UNSCOM failed to respect understandings between
the two sides that Iraq said included avoiding flights over Baghdad and
residential areas. UN evacuates staff from Iraq after Butler's report


 07:13 GMT, 16 December 1998

 BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (AFP) -UN humanitarian staff and weapons experts
 were being evacuated from Baghdad on Wednesday after UN arms chief Richard
 Butler warned Iraq was failing to cooperate with his inspectors, UN
 sources said.

 "We are in the process of evacuating" by
 plane to Bahrain, a source with the UN
 Special Commission (UNSCOM) in charge
 of disarming Iraq told AFP, declining to
 give more details.

 Witnesses said humanitarian staff left
 the UN headquarters at the Canal Hotel
 with their baggage. "All the staff are
 being evacuated," said a witness at the

 Butler, the UNSCOM chairman, reported
 Tuesday that Iraq had not only failed to
 provide full cooperation with arms
 inspectors but had introduced new
 restrictions on their work.


Iraq says UN arms report seeks to justify US attack 
 09:35 GMT, 16 December 1998

 BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (AFP) -Deputy Prime
 Minister Tareq Aziz charged Wednesday
 that a negative report from UN weapons
 chief Richard Butler was designed to
 justify a US and British attack on Iraq.

 "This ill-intentioned report was drawn up
 on purpose to justify a US and British
 military aggression against Iraq," Aziz
 said, quoted by the official news agency

 The UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) in
 charge of disarming Iraq began
 evacuating its staff from Baghdad on
 Wednesday, a day after Butler reported
 to the UN Security Council that Iraq had
 failed to cooperate fully with his

 UN humanitarian staff were put on
 stand-by for a possible evacuation.

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