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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 Cheeers, Ken Hanly UN border monitors withdrawn The United Nations has withdrawn its observers from the Iraqi side of a demilitarised zone that US forces would cross in any ground assault on Iraq.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 border. _______________________________________________ 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