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[casi] A key Iraqi parliamentary official has recommended

This was not what I expected, however if it were true,
quite depressing.

Iraq blasts US 'ill intentions' over resolution
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 11 Nov 2002 17:55

A key Iraqi parliamentary official has recommended
parliament should reject a new U.N. resolution on
disarmament and the leader of the assembly blasted the
text as a "a preamble for war".
The two men were speaking on Monday at the start of an
emergency session of the Iraqi parliament convened by
President Saddam Hussein to debate the resolution calling
on Baghdad to disarm or face possible military action.

But the final decision on the resolution passed
unanimously last week by the U.N. Security Council will
lie with the Revolutionary Command Council, Iraq's highest
authority which is led by Saddam.

U.S. President George W. Bush warned Baghdad he would use
the full might of the U.S. military against Iraq if it did
not comply with the resolution which gives U.N. arms
inspectors sweeping new rights and Iraq 30 days to submit
a detailed list of its weapons.

In Baghdad, Salim al-Kubaisi, head of parliament's Arab
and international relations committee, told the assembly:

"The committee recommends the following: the rejection of
the Security Council resolution 1441 and not to approve it
in accordance with the opinion of our people who put
confidence in their representatives," Kubaisi said.

He delivered his comments after Iraq's parliamentary
speaker Saadoun Hammadi opened the session, blasting the
resolution as a violation of international law and Iraq's

"This U.N. resolution looks for a pretext (for war) and
not for a comprehensive solution. It seeks to create
crises rather than cooperation and paves the way for
aggression rather than for peace," he said.

"It shows blatantly the ill intentions of the U.S.
administration," he added.

The parliamentary debate continued and it was not clear
when it would take a vote.


The United States has warned Iraq one false step would
result in military action.

"I have no greater responsibility than protecting the
American people. Should military action become necessary
for our own security, I will commit the full force and
might of the United States military, and we will prevail,"
Bush said at a White House ceremony, marking U.S.
Veterans' Day.

Bush said a new regime "would bring deliverance" for
Iraq's citizens.

Iraq has until Friday to accept the terms of a Security
Council resolution demanding Baghdad allow U.N. arms
experts unhindered access to any site suspected of
producing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or face
"serious consequences".

In a front-page editorial, the ruling Baath party
newspaper al-Thawra said the United States and its ally
Britain had inserted "vague, vicious and misleading texts
that give them room for manoeuvre to use them as pretext
to attack".

Nevertheless, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa
said on Monday he thought Iraq would "cooperate
positively" with the new resolution.

The U.S. military said American and British warplanes
bombed anti-aircraft missile sites on Sunday in the
"no-fly zone" enforced by Washington and London in
southern Iraq -- the first such action since the Friday
resolution was passed.

Iraq did not report any Western attack but said its
anti-aircraft systems had fired at U.S. and British
warplanes over the south of the country on Saturday.

Disarmament inspections first started after Iraqi forces
were expelled from neighbouring Kuwait by a U.S.-led
coalition in the 1991 Gulf War. Inspectors withdrew in
1998 in a wrangle over access to Saddam's palaces.

The resolution gives the Council a key role before any
possible attack, but does not force Washington to seek
authorisation for war.

U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Bush
reserved the right to use force without Security Council
approval if Iraq violated the resolution. But Washington
would initially discuss with the Council the consequences
of a breach.

U.S. officials said Bush had approved plans for the
invasion of Iraq if it failed to comply fully with the

The plan, based on the lessons learned during the Afghan
conflict, calls for the quick capture of Iraqi territory
to establish forward bases that would be used to propel
200,000 or more troops deeper into the country.


Russia, which with France and China fought for amendments
to an original U.S. draft resolution, said it hoped Iraq
would comply, saying it was a chance to avoid military

"If Iraq cooperates, there will be inspections, and while
Iraq works with the United Nations there will be no
military action," Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov was
quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said he hoped a
military showdown could be averted by "strict compliance
with the Security Council resolution by the regime in
Baghdad". Germany has said it would not participate in an
attack on Iraq.

Arab foreign ministers endorsed the resolution on Sunday
but also called on Security Council members to ensure it
could not be used as an automatic trigger for war.

Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix is due in Cyprus
this week where his team will have a base, before heading
for Iraq, a Cyprus government source said.

An advance team of about a dozen inspectors is expected to
head for Baghdad around November 25 to make spot
inspections. Between 80 and 100 inspectors are due to
resume their work in full by December 23.

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