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>>From: Philippa Winkler and Karen Parker > >DON'T BELIEVE THE SPIN: US BARELY WINS ON DU AT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, UN SUBCOMMISSION STUDY ON DU MOVES FORWARD > >Reuters' press account that Iraq suffered a defeat at the UN General Assembly regarding an investigation of DU, does not give an accurate picture. The United States was unable to muster more than 54 votes out of a possible 144 because 45 States abstained and another 45 voted "yes". That is not a majority vote. Reuters should have described it as a narrowly defeated effort by Iraq to have the effects of depleted uranium (DU)weaponry under close UN scrutiny (by the General Assembly). Activists working on the DU issue should bear in mind that the World Health Organization has already undertaken serious steps at evaluating the Iraqi health crisis linked to use of DU weaponry in the Gulf War and the United Nations >The UN Sub-Commission for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights is already committed to a report on DU weapons due at its 2002 session. Therefore the resolution at the General Assembly was largely "symbolic". It is by no means a victory for the US as the Western media have portrayed it. Don't believe the spin. >The huge number of abstentions are very encouraging. Abstentions are no votes by countries who are not willing yet to challenge the US on this issue. Seen this way, the majority of countries voted against the US (the yes and abstention votes). >The UN Sub-Commission for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights DU study is going forward with Justice Sik Yuen (Mauritius) as Special Rapporteur. Please support the Justice's efforts. If you have any reports on DU for inclusion in this study please forward them to Philippa Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org. As the UN funds authorized for this study do not cover all expenses, contributions are welcome. > -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.