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Write to the papers! This'll probably be there somewhere

Look out for newspaper reports of this story and get scribbling!
UK people: Seems to me a good time to bring up the Depleted Uranium angle


>From the BBC on-line News page

Thursday, 6 January, 2000, 12:36 GMT
Saddam: Sanctions crumbling

 Iraq says sanctions are hurting children

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has said sanctions on Baghdad are crumbling
But in a speech marking the 79th anniversary of the Iraqi armed forces,
President Saddam told his people not to expect the United Nations to lift
the trade embargoes imposed 10 years ago.

“The stage of embargo corrosion has actually started”, Saddam Hussein

The Iraqi leader said Baghdad would continue to defy what he termed "powers
of evil" - a clear reference to the West.

However, he made no clear mention of last month's UN resolution  which could
ease the embargoes.

Baghdad has rejected the resolution  which would require it co-operate with
a new UN disarmament agency.


"We have said with certainty that the embargo will not be lifted by a
Security Council resolution but will corrode by itself," President Saddam
declared in his address broadcast live by state television.

"The stage of embargo corrosion is no longer something which we predict or
wait for. It has actually started."

 Saddam Hussein accused unnamed countries of treachery

However, the Iraqi leader did not explain how the nine-year-old sanctions
were eroding.

Iraq has to comply with a host of UN resolutions, notably those related to
the dismantling of its weapons of mass destruction, before the embargoes can
be removed.


In his speech, President Saddam lashed out at states he did not name, but
clearly intended to refer to the United States and Britain, accusing them of
prolonging the sanctions.

"We should not expect the powers of evil and vice to fulfil a pledge or keep
a promise,'' he said.

 Iraq is allowed to export oil for food

''They have no other characteristics but treachery, aggression, breaking
promises, cancelling covenants and doing everything that is vile and

In December 1998, Washington and London launched four days of air attacks
against Iraq after Baghdad failed to co-operate with UN weapons inspectors.

China visit

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister, Tareq Aziz, arrived on Thursday in China,
which like France and Russia advocates an early lifting of sanctions against

He is to meet government leaders to explain Baghdad's position on the UN

The sanctions against Iraq include a ban on oil exports, but a UN deal
allows Baghdad to sell some oil in order to buy food and medicines.

President Saddam's 25-minute speech heaped praise on the Iraqi Army and Arab

Unlike previous speeches, there were no bitter remarks against Arab foes,
particularly Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But he accused some Arab leaders of
being weak and treacherous.

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