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Sanctions and two sets of hostages

Two points:

Much as I sympathise with the plight of those held by Iraq, 
there is something very sick about holding the entire Iraqi 
population hostage and contributing to the death of close to
a million of them (people who have very little ability to do
anything to change IRaqi policy), supposedly as part of a 
campaign to release about 600 people.

And as far as the British position is concerned that the 
sacntions should nto be lifted until Iraq cooperates on 
this matter, paragraph 22 links the lifting or relaxing of 
sanctions only to nuclear, biological and chemical weapon 
and long-range ballsitic missile disarmament and 
monitoring. This implies logically that the sanctions could 
be lifted even with no cooperation regarding the missing 
605. Having said that, paragraph 21 introduces an ambiquity 
indicating a possible link of lifting/relaxing sanctions to 
cooperation with all relevant UN resolutions. In the end it 
comes done to a matter of interpretation.

Dr. Eric Herring
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TU
England, UK
Tel. +44-(0)117-928-8582
Fax +44-(0)117-973-2133

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