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Re: [casi] Iraq to allow Inspections

Iraq Agrees to Readmit Inspectors, U.N. Says

      September 16, 2002
      Iraq Agrees to Readmit Inspectors, U.N. Says

      NITED NATIONS -- Iraq unconditionally accepted the return of U.N.
      inspectors late Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.
      "I can confirm to you that I have received a letter from the Iraqi
      authorities conveying its decision to allow the return of inspectors
      without conditions to continue their work."
      "There is good news," Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri said moments
      Sabri and Arab League chief Amr Moussa met late with Annan and
      a letter from the Iraqi government on the inspectors' return.
      Under Security Council resolutions, sanctions imposed on Iraq after
      1990 invasion of Kuwait cannot be lifted until U.N. inspectors certify
      that its weapons of mass destruction have been destroyed. Inspectors
      the country four years ago ahead of U.S. and British airstrikes to
      Iraq for not cooperating with inspections.
      Since then, Iraq has refused to allow inspectors to return, and the
      stalemate had split the United States, Britain, Russian, France and
      -- the five powerful members of the U.N. Security Council,
      The turnabout in Iraq, after four years of stalemate, came days after
      President Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly debate and said
      Iraq must comply with Security Council resolutions or face the
      Annan credited Bush late Monday.
      "I believe the president's speech galvanized the international
      Annan said.
      There was no immediate response from the White House. Top Bush aides
      huddled after Annan's announcement, preparing a response.
      Annan said the Arab league had played a key role in bringing about the
      Iraqi response.
      Annan thanked the league's chief, Amr Moussa of Egypt, "for his
      efforts in helping to convince Iraq to allow the return of the

      Copyright 2002

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