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RE: [casi] post-war lifting of sanctions

Dear Daniel,

I think that your question is a good one, and a worrying one.  At present,
US plans for a post-war Iraq seem very sketchy: are Iraqis to have the costs
of another war added to their already crippling levels of financial
obligation; what are US intentions viz. the lifting of sanctions now that
Saddam, to whom the US has always tied them, seems to be in his last weeks;
is an unstable, future Iraq to be left to twist as Bush returns to his
presidential election campaign, leaving Middle East policy to his hawks?

The underlying legislation authorising the sanctions are the Security
Council resolutions.  Thus, a new SCR will be necessary to lift or otherwise
modify the sanctions.  When this is passed, national governments then pass
implementing legislation, making a national version of the SCR part of their
national law.

I do think that learning and lobbying on this will be vital over the coming
weeks, and would encourage list members to begin to think in this direction.
Whether one has supported or opposed the war, all of our arguments have been
presented in terms of concern for Iraqis.  If the Iraqi regime is replaced,
then we should all, I hope, be able to agree that we need to work to ensure
that the next Iraqi government is just, and given a chance of survival.
Lifting non-military sanctions, not adding further liabilities to Iraq's
already high financial obligations, and reducing its existing one, will, I
suspect, be central elements of this.

Less economically, I suspect that attempts to restore ties between Iraqis in
Iraq and those of us living outside Iraq will be important.  For some years,
the idea of twinning programmes has floated around our circles.  The
environment for this may become more favourable in the near future.  If list
members are members of churches, synagogues, mosques, trades unions, sports
teams, schools, or the like, twinning with a similar Iraqi group may be a
very practical step that can be taken to help bridge the gulf that I fear
has been growing.

My feelings have been very mixed for a long time now, and remain so.  I do
think, though, that we have a chance at winning the peace, and helping
protect seeds of hope in Iraq.  (A few days ago, I saw the 'Support
Democracy in Iraq' image on and felt inspired: here
is a new Iraq that I can feel excited about!)

Best wishes,

Colin Rowat

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> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Daniel
> O'Huiginn
> Sent: 18 March 2003 7:03 PM
> To:
> Subject: [casi] post-war lifting of sanctions
> We tend to assume that sanctions will be lifted after the US/UK invasion
> of Iraq, but has anyone looked into the mechanics of lifting sanctions, in
> terms of UN and national legislation? What new laws will need to be
> drafted?
> Since sanctions are probably quite low down Bush/Blair's list of
> priorities, and since I don't have much faith in their competence, I'm
> worried that it will take months after the end of war before sanctions are
> lifted.
> Where should I look for information? Do list members think we need to
> lobby on this, or will it happen by itself?
> Dan O'Huiginn
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