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Dear discussion list members, The article that I append below claims that Azzaman, the London Arabic daily, reported on the possibility of Iraqi concessions on arms inspections. Would anyone be able to translate the original article from Arabic? I believe that the story is the first one on http://22.214.171.124/azzaman/archives/2001/12/12-11/P1.pdf. If not, all the pages for 11 December are available from http://126.96.36.199/azzaman/archives/2001/12/12-11/. I would also be interested in what is known about the newspaper as I don't know it. Thank you in advance, Colin Rowat work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | (+44/0) 121 414 3754 | (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | email@example.com IRAQI PRESIDENT TO ACCEPT INSPECTORS IF NO SANCTIONS, OUSTING ATTEMPTS - PAPER Excerpt from unattributed report entitled: "[US Secretary of State Colin] Powell from Moscow: No decision has been made yet concerning the possibility of widening the anti-terrorism campaign", published by London-based newspaper Al-Zaman on 11 December London, Paris, Al-Zaman: Diplomatic sources in London have said that "[Iraqi President] Saddam [Husayn] is trying to calm the situation down and is offering to cooperate in return for lifting the sanctions and allowing his regime to continue." The sources revealed that signals were relayed to both London and Washington from Baghdad in which the latter expressed "its willingness to accept the return of UN inspectors to Iraq in exchange for Washington abandoning its plans to topple Iraqi President Saddam Husayn's regime". The sources added that London is currently examining these signals which also included other points concerning "Baghdad's willingness to hold a dialogue on various issues and topics". The source added that "London and Washington are unlikely to reach agreement on accepting the Iraqi proposal". The sources said that "it is too early to ascertain the nature of the British response to Baghdad's concessions. However, it is a different matter when it comes to the US response which will reject the offer, given the predominance of the trend calling for the overthrow of Saddam and his regime." Meanwhile in Paris, French sources specializing in Iraqi affairs have said that Moscow and Baghdad are currently examining "a plan for new Iraqi concessions which may be acceptable to the United States", adding that the Iraqi president "was given assurances by the Russian channels that Moscow will abandon him should the United States launch a military operation against Iraq". Source: Al-Zaman, London, in Arabic 11 Dec 01 _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.