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Iraq Agrees to Readmit Inspectors, U.N. Says http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/16/international/16WIRE-NATI.html?pagewanted= print&position=top September 16, 2002 Iraq Agrees to Readmit Inspectors, U.N. Says By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NITED NATIONS -- Iraq unconditionally accepted the return of U.N. weapons 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 earlier. Sabri and Arab League chief Amr Moussa met late with Annan and transmitted a letter from the Iraqi government on the inspectors' return. Under Security Council resolutions, sanctions imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait cannot be lifted until U.N. inspectors certify that its weapons of mass destruction have been destroyed. Inspectors left the country four years ago ahead of U.S. and British airstrikes to punish 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 China -- 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 that Iraq must comply with Security Council resolutions or face the consequences. Annan credited Bush late Monday. "I believe the president's speech galvanized the international community," 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 strenouous efforts in helping to convince Iraq to allow the return of the inspectors." Copyright 2002 Use www.cafe-uni.com as your window on the world's news. Read the world's view of current events and use the forum to have your say. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk