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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear CASI members, I just got off a live interview with "To The Point" - a show on Public Radio International featured in LA, California. I thought to share with you some potentially useful points. I was interviewed with a representative from the IAEA (Mark Gawzdeki (sp?) and Terrence Taylor (one of the former chief inspectors of UNSCOM and Executive Director of the Int'l Institute for Strategic Studies), and Gary Milhoren (sp?) of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control Project. Mark raised some important useful points for us. he said: * there was a high level of cooperation by 1995 * by 1998, IAEA had neutralized Iraq's nuclear program * Iraq did submit a full, final and complete declarion, and Iraq just filed its semi-annual declarations * regarding the terms of the US resolution, IAEA can't comment on it, but he did say that after the discussions in Vienna, Iraq agreed to treat "sensitive sites" equal to all other sites -- i.e. unrestricted access. Gary kept repeating that everything that the Iraqi gov't shares is inaccurate Terrence of the IISS said: * he was opposed to use of armed troops to "protect" or enforce "no-fly/no-drive" zones the inspectors would proclaim (this is what the US.) his statement leads me to think that maybe the US is asking for more than it can get so that it can show that it is compromising * he is supportive - as we would expect - of a strong UN resolution backed with the threat of mililitary violence (he said 'force' ;-) * When I raised the issue of espionage, he denied it categorically self-critique/fyi: when I raised the issue of espionage, I was asked by the host to name the US officials. I was not prepared to do so. When I attempted to place this issue in context with US objectives (regime change, invasion, etc.), they all disregarded it as if it were irrelevant to inspections. hope that information is useful -Rania We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes. - Ella Baker ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------- Rania Masri, Ph.D. Director, Economic and Environmental Justice Program Institute for Southern Studies http://www.southernstudies.org <http://www.southernstudies.org/> Tel: (919) 419.8311. x27 Fax: (919) 419.8315 2009 Chapel Hill Rd. Durham, North Carolina 27707 _______________________________________________ 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