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News Article: U.N. debate on Iraq to continue Thursday Reuters report 26 June 2001 http://news.excite.com:80/news/r/010626/21/energy-iraq-qaisi UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council public debate on Iraqi sanctions will continue Thursday with no council members scheduled to speak, U.N. officials said. The 15 nations on the Security Council spoke during a Tuesday open session of the council, including the influential five permanent members the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain. Undersecretary of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Riyadh al-Qaisi is scheduled to speak on Thursday, Iraqi envoys said. Also set to speak Thursday are Iraqi neighbors Syria and Turkey. Iraqi neighbor Jordan spoke Tuesday. No vote will be taken Thursday, diplomats said. Efforts to revamp sanctions on Iraq -- which some diplomats say are dead in the water with Russia threatening a veto -- depend largely on the three Iraqi neighbors cooperating with efforts to stem illegal trade with Iraq. Iraq has been under U.N. sanctions since it invaded Kuwait in August 1990. Britain and the United States support a resolution to open civilian commercial trade with Iraq while attempting to block smuggled oil from leaving Iraq and prohibited military weapons from entering. With the Russia veto threat, it's unlikely that the resolution will be brought to a vote by a council self-imposed deadline of July 3. British and U.S. officials say they will press on with efforts to sway Moscow to support their plan by July 3, but Russia's opposition appears to be steadfast, Western diplomats said. Milan Rai Joint Coordinator, Voices in the Wilderness UK firstname.lastname@example.org 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea East Sussex UK TN38 0HE Phone/fax 0845 458 9571 local rate within UK Phone/fax 44 1424 428 792 from outside UK Pager 07623 746 462 Voices website http://viwuk.freeserve.co.uk -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk