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Dear all, Please let me know if you would like me to forward the monitor to the CASI list. -Rania M. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 14:48:56 +0000 (GMT) From: Mariam Appeal <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: *****IRAQI SANCTIONS MONITOR (14)***** *****IRAQI SANCTIONS MONITOR (14)***** -US CONGRESSMAN TONY HALL RESPONDS TO ADMINISTRATIONS CRITICISM OF RESIGNING UN/WFP OFFICIALS -FRENCH MILITARY MANOUVRES SHOW ITS “COMMITMENT TO KUWAIT AND SECURITY IN GULF” -KURDISH SOURCES REPORT BAGHDAD PLAN TO SETTLE PALESTINIANS IN KURDISTAN -IRAQI ANTI-SANCTIONS EFFORTS GAINING GROUND IN ASIA -DAY FOR PEOPLE OF IRAQ IN LONDON, ORGANISED BY MARIAM APPEAL AND EMERGENCY COMMITTEE ON IRAQ -US CONGRESSMAN TONY HALL RESPONDS TO ADMINISTRATIONS CRITICISM OF RESIGNING UN/WFP OFFICIALS Congressman Tony Hall (Democrat-Ohio) has written a letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright questioning the Clinton administration's negative comments on Hans von Sponeck and Jutta Burghardt. Hall wrote 17/2/00 that “thousands of courageous people, like Sponeck and Burghardt, [were] working against almost impossible odds to help those in need”, and that those he had worked with wer generally “conscientious and careful in their evaluations of situations such as those the people of Iraq now endure.” “It appears to me that nothing Mr. Von Sponeck or Ms. Burghardt has noted,” the letter continues, “differs from the reports of UNICEF, the International Red Cross, and other respected organizations that have examined what is happening in Iraq today.” Importantly he added, “Your spokesman's vilification of these individuals is unfair and appears to be an effort to stifle the expression of legitimate concerns about our country's policies toward Iraq.” -FRENCH MILITARY MANOUVRES SHOW ITS “COMMITMENT TO KUWAIT AND SECURITY IN GULF” According to Reuters, French and Kuwaiti troops completed on 20/2/00 their largest joint exercises since the 1991 Gulf War. France deployed 1,500 troops, warplanes and warships in the 10-day manoeuvres, code-named "Pearl of West 2000." On an exercise range “usually used by American troops”, “senior officials and visiting foreign military officers watched…as French Mirage 2000 and Kuwaiti U.S.-made F/A-18 warplanes flew over French and Kuwaiti fighting vehicles and pounded a mock enemy.” Despite Paris's pulling out of Operation Southern Watch, the US and UK “patrols” of southern Iraq, and its objections to repeated attacks by the two on Iraqi targets, the military exercises “express France's commitment to the security of Kuwait and the Gulf region," said French ambassador to Kuwait Patrice Paoli. Earlier this month “5,500 French troops, 30 warplanes, the aircraft carrier Foch, three other warships, a submarine, tanks and artillery” participated in manouvres in the UAE. Reuters calls it “the strongest show of the French flag in the Gulf since France joined the U.S.-led Gulf War which ended Iraq's seven-month occupation of Kuwait, nine years ago this week.” KURDISH SOURCES REPORT BAGHDAD PLAN TO SETTLE PALESTINIANS IN KURDISTAN RFE/RL reports 18/2/00 Kurdish sources saying that Iraq is “preparing to resettle as many as 500,000 Palestinians in northern Iraq”, in return for the lifting of sanctions. It was reported 11/2/00 in Al-Sharq al-Awsat that a memorandum written to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, signed by former Kirkuk governor Jalal Jawhar 'Aziz, said that "in this context the [Iraqi] government has begun to give lands belonging to Kurdish citizens in Kirkuk, Khanaqin, and other areas; lands which the authorities seized after deporting the owners". -IRAQI ANTI-SANCTIONS EFFORTS GAINING GROUND IN ASIA According to the Iraqi News Agency, Pakistani officials said at the the latest meeting of the Joint Iraqi-Pakistani Committee that there was "a need to put an end to this embargo so that Iraq may regain its stand within the international community." Pakistani businessmen were reported to be ready to contribute to the "rehabilitation of oil projects and electric power stations." Also, Baghdad Television reported on 12 February that Muhammad Mahdi Salih, Iraqi trade minister, met with Thai Foreign Minister Dr. Surin Phitsuwan to discuss the enhancement of bilateral trade between the two sides during which Phitsuwan "expressed understanding towards Iraq's fair stance to get the embargo lifted." Thai rice exporters would be beneficiaries of the lifting of sanctions as, according to The Nation magazine, they are still owed $72 million plus accrued interest of some $52 million for rice sold to Iraq before the outbreak of the Gulf War. -DAY FOR PEOPLE OF IRAQ IN LONDON, ORGANISED BY MARIAM APPEAL AND EMERGENCY COMMITTEE ON IRAQ DATE: SATURDAY 6 MAY 2000 TIME: Day – doors open midday Evening – doors open 7pm VENUE: KENSINGTON TOWN HALL , HORNTON STREET LONDON W8 (Easy access for Disabled) TRANSPORT: Nearest Underground: High Street Kensington 24 hour underground car park at venue EVENT DESCRIPTION: DAYSCHOOL ON IRAQ With guest speakers including outgoing U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Baghdad, Hans C. von Sponeck, Rt Hon Tony Benn MP, George Galloway MP, Felicity Arbuthnot WORKSHOPS on Sanctions, History and Culture, Health and Education, Religion, Women and Children, Depleted Uranium, Campaigning, and more. VIDEO SHOWINGS including 'The Big Ben to Baghdad Bus', ' The Ultimate (Uranium 238) Bullet' , ART EXHIBITION,STALLS, FOOD EVENING CONCERT For one night only! - a rare performance by NASEER SHEMMA – world renowned Iraqi oud player HAMID AL-SAADI and his group AL-CHALGHI AL-BAGHDADI will perform traditional Iraqi Maqam songs With other performers and special guests including playwright Harold Pinter Bar and food available. PRICES: DAY ONLY £7.50 (£5 CONCESSIONS) NIGHT ONLY £25 (£17.50 CONCESSIONS) DAY AND NIGHT COMBINED TICKET £30 (£20 CONCESSIONS) ADVANCE BOOKINGS: Contact the MARIAM APPEAL on Tel: 0207 872 5451 Mob:07932 742 633 Fax:0207 753 2731 Email: email@example.com ORGANISERS: The Emergency Committee on Iraq in conjunction with the Mariam Appeal Website: www.mariamappeal.co.uk Iraqi Sanctions Monitor Mariam Appeal t: +44 (0)207 872 5451 f: +44 (0)207 753 2731 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.mariamappeal.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full archive and list instructions are available from the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi