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Thank you for your explanations, Colin. > As a point of clarification, the Goods Review List (GRL), whose > contents are the centre of the UN debate here, is not a list of > banned items. The goods on the list are subject to review by the > Security Council's Iraq Sanctions Committee. Non-military items not > on the GRL are not, and may be approved directly by UN technical > staff (Unmovic and the IAEA). Yes, that was a mistake mistake calling the Goods Review List (GRL) a "list of forbidden items". As to atropine itself, I was going by what Secretary of State Powell said - or supposedly said. He is quoted in numerous papers, including the Guardian, with this comment: "'This is not something you would want to be selling to Iraq at this time', Powell said." (AP story) ["Iraq Orders Antidote for Nerve Gas", Nov. 13, 2002] http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-2166274,00.html In a press conference together with Secretary General Kofi Annan, Powell declared: "Atropine is a dual-use item." And Secretary General Annan, at the same briefing, is quoted as having said: "Obviously, there are dual-use items, which we try to be as careful with as possible." http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2002/15067.htm So atropine being a "dual-use item" that you wouldn't want "to be selling to Iraq" right now gave me the idea that it was a banned item - i.e. it wouldn't stand chance of being favourably reviewed at this time of looming war. But I probably took Secretary Powell too literally. Regards, Elga _______________________________________________ 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