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Arab League: Remove US/UK Obstacles (16 Feb. 00)

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Copyright 2000 Agence France Presse   
Agence France Presse 
February 16, 2000, Wednesday 2:16 AM, Eastern Time 
SECTION: International news 
LENGTH: 160 words 
HEADLINE: Arab League slams obstacles to Iraqi oil-for-food Programme 

   The Arab League has demanded that the UN Security Council discuss obstacles imposed by Britain 
and the United States on the Iraqi oil-for-food programme, League secretary general for Arab 
affairs Ahmed ben Helli told reporters Wednesday. 

The resignation of two UN aid officials from their posts in Iraq "reflects a real breakdown in 
cooperation between Iraq and the United Nations," ben Helli said. 

He called on the Security Council to "find an adequate mechanism for the resumption of cooperation 
(with Iraq) according to a clear formula, acceptable to all parties". 

The UN's humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Hans von Sponeck, and the representative of the World 
Food Programme Jutta Burghardt announced their resignations over the last week, criticising the 
continuation of sanctions imposed on Iraq since its invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. 

They said that sanctions were only hitting the population and not the Iraqi regime. 



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