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[casi] Question re withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq in 1998

As we all know, Richard Butler withdrew the weapons inspectors
on a US recommendation without consulting the Security Council (indeed
as far as I know without consulting anyone else in the UN). I have some
questions which I wonder if anyone can help me with.

Was it laid down anywhere precisely who had authority to order their
withdrawal? Was it laid down that the chief weapons inspector could?
Were certain circumstances specified (eg inspectors at risk)?

Ritter said in the interview with William Rivers Pitt  in 'War Plan
Iraq' that: 'The inspection teams were withdrawn in direct violation of
a promise to the other members of the Security Council: that inspectors
would not be withdrawn without going through the Security Council to
infomr them and get their permission'. (p. 54).

Who made the promise? Is the promise written down anywhere?

Thanks for your help.


Dr. Eric Herring
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
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