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[casi] UN response to US fence cuts

So the US and Kuwaitis make illegal incursion into the DMZ and cut fences to
allow easy access for invasion and the UN response is to withdraw monitors
from the Iraqi side! Not even a complaint. The UN is not only toothless it
seems to voiceless as well..

Cheeers, Ken Hanly

UN border monitors withdrawn

The United Nations has withdrawn its observers from the Iraqi side of a
demilitarised zone that US forces would cross in any ground assault on Iraq.
A spokesman for the UN observer mission Unikom said the move was a
"precautionary step".

"Everyone has been removed from the Iraqi side" of the zone along the border
with Kuwait, the spokesman, Daljeet Bagga, said.

The international observer force of some 1,100 soldiers and 230 support
staff has patrolled the area since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

A UN spokesman in New York said on Wednesday the observers would continue to
carry out their mission "to the extent that they can along the border while
relocating non-essential staff".

The US and UK have deployed tens of thousands of troops to Kuwait in
anticipation of a possible invasion of Iraq.

The UN established the 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) demilitarised zone between
Iraq and Kuwait in 1991.

The zone is off limits to all but UN observers and lightly armed Iraqi and
Kuwaiti border guards, each of whom must stay on their own side of the

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