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'Iraq-CASI - Discussion'

Arab News today states that Kuwait does not oppose changes to sanctions etc, so we shall
see what happens in London on Wednesday's meeting of the main United Nations members ? 

Humanitarians and political activists throughout the globe, with respect, should aware of
these relevant points, which directly affect their debates, conferences, petitions and

Iraq has agreed in principle and with certain conditions to taking part in a commission
charged with examining the fate of the disappeared, 605 Kuwaitis and third-nationals. 

Kuwaiti hostages were seen inside Iraqi prisons by Baroness Emma Nicholson, she stated
publicly on UK Channel 4 TV in London, February 1998.

U.N. Security Council five permanent members agreed Friday 10/9/99 to hold a meeting on
Iraq in London next week, including China which had refused to attend a similar gathering
in Washington, diplomats said. Both British and U.S. officials said the goal of the
meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, was to conclude a new Security Council policy on Iraq by
the end of September when foreign ministers of the five veto-wielding countries meet on
the edges of the UN General Assembly. 

A Chinese spokesman, Chen Ranfeng, said Beijing had accepted the invitation by Britain for
a meeting in London of political directors concerned with Iraqi policy. 

He said the reason was that the London meeting would be a continuation of U.N. talks on
Iraq among the five -- the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China -- rather than
a ``new mechanism.''  ''And that's an important point,''. 

The United States wanted to hold a meeting among political directors in Washington last
week but China declined to attend. U.S. officials said they backed a British-Dutch draft
resolution but there is little chance China, Russia and France would agree without major

Britain will be represented by a political director, Emyr Jones-Parry, while Under
Secretary of State Thomas Pickering will attend for the United States. 

The 15-nation Security Council has made no headway in restoring arms control functions in
Iraq since mid-December U.S.-British bombing raids. 

The British-Dutch draft resolution would suspend Iraqi sanctions on exports such as oil,
if Baghdad complied with key disarmament demands. 

Britain quickly gathered co-sponsors for its draft among the 10 non-permanent council
members. They include the Netherlands, which helped draw up the resolution, Argentina,
Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Gambia, Namibia and Slovenia. 

France, in a rival draft, would suspend sanctions on Iraqi imports as well as exports
immediately after a new arms commission is set up and functioning. In contrast the
British-Dutch draft calls for several steps over eight months to make sure Iraq has
complied with key arms demands. 

Nevertheless Britain has indicated it might consider easing sanctions on imports providing
arms inspections resumed and financial controls were in place. 

The sanctions, imposed in August 1990 after Baghdad's troops invaded Kuwait, are linked to
weapons demands plus requests for release of 605 hostages and PoWs, Kuwaiti and
third-nationals, still held in Iraq since 1990 -1991, included in the syntax of UN
Resolutions 1154 signed 1998 and 687 signed 1991.

As reported 1998 - 1999 by the British TV, Radio media and national press - it is a fact
that a letter regarding 605 Kuwaiti and third-national hostages plus PoWs still held in
Iraq, signed 19 March 1998 by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook states quite clearly "sanctions
cannot be lifted until this issue is resolved". Some writers choose to focus on
non-compliance of weapons' inspections - purposefully omitting the human face of this
tragedy and with repeated 'speculation' also misleading concerned individuals about

It has been confirmed verbally again to H.E.L.P. by telephone with the British Foreign
Office, Middle East Department recently, when A New Draft Proposal was submitted to the UN
by Britain appertaining to all aspects of this whole issue. 

i.e. Release of the 605 has always been requested within the syntax of United Nations
Resolutions 1154 signed March 1998 and 687 signed February 1991. 

Moonirah - H.E.L.P. Voluntary Humanitarian Co-ordinator
Hostages Envoys' for Liberty of Prisoners in Iraq
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