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from ananova.com Iraq rejects British proposal over easing sanctions Iraq has spurned a British plan to downgrade UN sanctions and has warned neighbouring states they should not back it either. Britain put before the UN Security Council a proposal that amounts to the first significant easing of the sanctions imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. The plan allows Iraq to import all kinds of goods except those on a UN list of military-related items. It also permits commercial and cargo flights in and out of Iraq as long as they are inspected at their departure points. However, it seeks to tighten border controls around Iraq and to stop Baghdad's efforts to gain control of its oil revenues through smuggling and illegal surcharges. In state-run editorials written before the British proposal was presented, the Al-Qaddissiya and Al-Thawra newspapers said Iraq would not accept it. The Baghdad government has long demanded the abolition of sanctions and rejected anything less. The British plan, which has US backing, has circulated among Iraq neighbours in recent days. "All Arab and other neighbouring countries are duty-bound to realise the dangers entailed in the American game of smart sanctions," Al-Qaddissiya, the armed forces' newspaper, said. Sanctions that seek to focus on military imports and relieve the pressure on civilian needs are termed 'smart'. Al-Thawra, the mouthpiece of the ruling Baath Party, warned those countries which support the British proposal would be "the biggest losers if they help Washington carry out its plans". Britain says it has received a positive response from France, Russia and China, as well as from Iraq's neighbours. Last updated: 13:46 Thursday 17th May 2001 -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk