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All, Regarding Rania's question regarding February 1998 Iraq-UNSCOM agreement and the use of diplomats, here's the relevant passage from the 23 February MOU (taken from http://www.meij.or.jp/text/Gulf%20War/mouirqun1998.htm): [start clip] 4. The United Nations and the Government of Iraq agree that the following special procedures shall apply to the initial and subsequent entries for the performance of the tasks mandated at the eight Presidential Sites in Iraq as defined in the annex to the present Memorandum: (a) A Special Group shall be established for this purpose by the Secretary-General in consultation with the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM and the Director General of IAEA. This Group shall comprise senior diplomats appointed by the Secretary-General and experts drawn from UNSCOM and IAEA. The Group shall be headed by a Commissioner appointed by the Secretary-General. (b) In carrying out its work, the Special Group shall operate under the established procedures of UNSCOM and IAEA, and specific detailed procedures which will be developed given the special nature of the Presidential Sites, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council. (c) The report of the Special Group on its activities and findings shall be submitted by the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM to the Security Council through the Secretary-General. [end clip] On March 10, 1998, it was announced that UNSCOM would run inspections led by diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala. He would do first eight inspections, then he'd appoint a deputy to do additional visits. See CSIS' chronology: The Iraq Crisis: A Chronology of the 'War of Sanctions', Anthony Cordesman, 12/2/98. Hope this helps. Brian Auten _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk