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UNSCOM expulsion/withdrawal

I have constructed a brief chronology (based on Butler's 
book 'Saddam Defiant'), which you might find as a useful 
reference point: 

5 August 1998: Iraq suspends cooperation with UNSCOM and 
IAEA re disarmament, maintaining that it had disarmed. 

27 August 1998: Ritter resigns over illusory disarmament 
being worse than none and over US spying via UNSCOM. [The 
precise date might have been a day or so either side of 
this, but itís about right] 

30 October: UN Security Council letter requiring compliance 
before sanctions review. 

31 October: Iraq suspends cooperation with UNSCOM and IAEA 
re monitoring as well. UNSCOM staff remain in Iraq. [Iím 
less sure about the exact movements of IAEA staff] 

11 November: UNSCOM staff withdrawn to Bahrain as US makes 
military threats. 

14 November: Iraq declares resumption of cooperation with 

17 November: UNSCOM staff return to Iraq.

14 December: Butler report sent to Annan declaring Iraqi 
cooperation unsatisfactory 

14-15 December: UNSCOM staff withdrawn to Jordan and 

15 December: Butlerís report received by UN 
Security Council members. 

16 December: Operation Desert Fox begins during Security 
Council discussion of Butlerís report. 

Subsequently [I donít have a precise date to hand], Iraq 
declares it will not allow UNSCOM to return in any 
circumstances. There has been some continuing Iraqi 
cooperation with the IAEA.

Dr. Eric Herring
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
10 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU
England, UK
Tel. +44-(0)117-928-8582
Fax +44-(0)117-973-2133

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