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Qs for Ekeus (He Will Speak Tonight at Harvard)

This evening Rolf Ekeus, former UNSCOM Executive Chairman 1991-1997, will present a speech, 
IS THE POLICY DEFENSIBLE?" at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  The speech time 
is 6 pm (Eastern Standard Time [USA]). 

I plan to ask Ekeus about the following statement in the 1999 Disarmament Panel Report (S/1999/356, 
30 March 1999), para. 27: 

"It has been indicated on various occasions that "some uncertainty is inevitable in any 
country-wide technical verification process which aims to prove the absence of readily concealable 
objects or activities.  The extent to 'which such uncertainty is acceptable is a policy judgement". 
 Both UNSCOM and IAEA have therefore been adopting a pragmatic approach which assumes that 100% of 
verification may be an unattainable goal".

Here both inspection groups seem to admit that finding every nut and bolt is not really possible.  
Therefore, it seems logical that the criteria for Iraq's disarmament be significantly adjusted and 
Resolution 1284, a resolution that Iraq rejected and will never accept, be scrapped.  I will press 
Ekeus on this point, for his field of expertise is disarmament.

If you have any other question suggestions please send them along.

With regards,

Nathaniel Hurd
Boston, USA
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