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Dear Friends, Following is a transcript of an interview with Dennis Halliday broadcast at 8:45 GMT on Wednesday November 3rd on the Irish national radio station RTE Radio 1. The interviewer is Richard Crowley. Interviewer: U.N: Secretary General Kofi Annan has re-appointed Hans von Sponeck as Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, despite US and British efforts to have him removed. Dennis Halliday, who's been accused in the US press of having influenced von Sponeck says the Americans and the British simply don't want the world to hear that thousands are dying because of the sanctions. Dennis Halliday: I believe it's a matter of being embarrased by having a reputable individual in Baghdad who is speaking out against the impact of these economic sanctions, for which Britain is largely responsible; sanctions which are not impacting on the leadership of the country but instead are in fact responsible for infant mortality, gross malnourishment of the population and the destruction of an entire society. I think they're frustrated at having an international civil servant who lives in Baghdad, sees what he sees, and speaks up. I understand their reaction but it's really unacceptable to interfere in the management of an organisation which is the responsibility of the Secretary General. Interviewer: How can they dispute what you said, when you were there; what Mr. von Sponeck says when he's there; how can they ignore that or dispute it, do you think ? Halliday: Well, the fact is I don't think they do dispute it, they simply put a political spin on it because they don't like the truth. We've seen Madeleine Albright on Television in this country announcing that the deaths of 500 000 children were worth it, in terms of containing President Saddam Hussein. It's just a very uncomfortable feeling, and they know it's true, they just can't accept it politically. Interviewer: Given the strength of the opposition to what Mr. von Sponeck is saying or doing, what can Kofi Annan and others who wish to provide some kind of humanitarian aid to the area, what can they do ? Halliday: I think the Secretary General will continue to resist this sort of interference, but more importantly I think is that the Secretary General will have to move and influence the member states towrds lifting economic sanctions, that is the only way to begin to resolve the plight of the children and the people of Iraq. Interviewer: But how might they do that, given the strength of opposition? Halliday: Well, you know the opposition is only in Britain and the United States. I think the issue now is more on the balance, that is the maintenance of some sort of military sanctions. Clearly the whole Middle East needs to be downgraded in terms of military capacity; and secondly I believe there should be sanctions against the manufacture and sale of military hardware, which of course would impact on Europe, North America and, I'm sorry to say, even the Republic Of Ireland, where now licencing has been given to some 80 companies to manufacture component parts of military weapons. ===== - / / @-@ __ __________________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Gesendet von Yahoo! Mail - http://mail.yahoo.de Yahoo! Auktionen - gleich ausprobieren - http://auktionen.yahoo.de -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Please do not send emails with attached files to the list *** Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html ***