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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 Ritter said in the interview with William Rivers Pitt in 'War Plan Iraq' that: 'The inspection teams were withdrawn in direct violation of a promise to the other members of the Security Council: that inspectors would not be withdrawn without going through the Security Council to infomr them and get their permission'.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. Eric ---------------------- Dr. Eric Herring Department of Politics University of Bristol 10 Priory Road Bristol BS8 1TU England, UK Office tel. +44-(0)117-928-8582 Mobile tel. +44-(0)7771-966608 Fax +44-(0)117-973-2133 email@example.com http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Politics http://www.ericherring.com/ _______________________________________________ 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