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U.N. debate on Iraq to continue Thursday

News Article: U.N. debate on Iraq to continue Thursday
Reuters report 26 June 2001

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

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

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