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[casi] Iraq Parliament to Discuss U.N. Plan


Posted on Sun, Nov. 10, 2002

Iraq Parliament to Discuss U.N. Plan
Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq - President Saddam Hussein ordered the Iraqi parliament to hold
an emergency session to discuss a U.N. Security Council resolution that again
calls on the country to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction or face "serious
consequences," Iraqi media reported Sunday.

The report on al-Shabab TV, owned by Saddam's oldest son Odai, seemed to
signal that a reply to the U.N. on accepting the resolution and the return of U.N.
weapons inspectors would not come immediately, although the Security Council
resolution, adopted unanimously on Friday, demands a response within seven days.

Neither the television station nor the official Iraqi News Agency made clear
when the parliamentary session would be held. Al-Shabab TV said parliament's
decision on the resolution would be referred to the Revolutionary Command Council,
the country's major executive body, which is headed by Saddam.

In Cairo, foreign ministers attending an Arab League meeting said after
discussions with Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri that they believe Iraq was
ready to announce its acceptance. But Sabri told reporters that no decision had
been made by Baghdad.

The resolution gives broad new powers to the weapons inspectors, allowing them
unrestricted access to all possible weapons sites.

The entry into Saddam's presidential palaces was a contentious issue between
Iraq and the weapons inspectors who worked in the country in the 1990s. The
inspectors were pulled out ahead of December 1998 air raids by the United States
and Britain, and they were prevented from returning by Iraq.

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