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Re: [casi] UN Security Council delays Iraq sanctions vote

Dear all

Proposal hasn't changed. Just misreported.

>also it says that the new resolution proposes UNMOVIC and the
IAEA checking
>goods rather than the 661 committee, no specific mention of the
goods review
>list . Is this a mistake by PA or has the proposal changed

There is still an Amber List (Goods Review List) of suspect dual-use
goods (now apparently one composite list rather than the 1051 list,
that pre-existing Wassenaar-thingy list and the additional list drawn
up by the US last year).

The point is that it is up to the UN agencies to determine whether an
item in a contract is on the Amber List. If they say it is on the list (and
this is supposed to be a neutral technical determination), then it goes
to the Sanctions Committee and they get to put it on hold, or pass it
or whatever.

Not totally clear whether goods that were previously systematically
put on hold will be on or off the Amber List. US had promised to
spare generators and trucks, last spring. Don't know how the List
affects the electricity sector... Hope the Voices gang gone off to
Baghdad can clarify this stuff with UN staff (it's on their mission list).



Milan Rai
Joint Coordinator, Voices in the Wilderness UK
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
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