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news from the commons (from 17/02/00)

I'd just like to say that I find it useful when people post to this list copies of 
letters they or others have written about sanctions.
For completeness, below is the full text from Hansard (not all appeared in Sean's 
earlier posting).
Mr. Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): May we have a statement on the resignation on matters 
of principle and policy, particularly towards the children of Iraq, by the distinguished 
international civil servant, Mrs. Jutta Burghardt? She is the third international civil servant 
who has been in Baghdad, seen the situation at first hand and then decided to resign, 
following the Irishman, Denis Halliday, and another German, Hans von Sponeck. When 
such people, who are close to the problem, resign on matters of principle, ought there 
not to be some explanation from the Government and the feeling that policy should be 
Mrs. Beckett: The whole House knows of my hon. Friend's deep interest and concern 
in these matters and his sympathy for those who are affected by the problems that have 
arisen in Iraq as a result, of course, of the actions of the Iraqi Government. 
17 Feb 2000 : Column 1108
As to whether we should seek a statement in the House, the lady is, as my hon. Friend 
rightly says, an international civil servant. She is an employee not of the Government, but 
of the United Nations, and the policy to which she objects says that Iraq must face 
sanctions unless it complies with international demands to disarms. That is an international 
policy supported by many Governments. 
There is, mapped out in resolution 1284, a clear path out of sanctions for Iraq and its 
people, if only the Iraqi Government would take it. Although I understand and 
sympathise with my hon. Friend's concern, which I presume also lies behind the 
resignation, the answer is in the hands of the Iraqi Government. 

Mark Parkinson

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