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[casi] End Iraq sanctions, says Bush

End Iraq sanctions, says Bush

US President George W Bush has called for the United Nations to end
sanctions on Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

Speaking at the Boeing complex in Saint Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday, Mr
Bush said: "Now that Iraq has been liberated, the United Nations should
lift economic sanctions on that country."

Sanctions were imposed on Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait in 1990
and the US and the UK resisted pressure in the Security Council to remove
them while Saddam Hussein remained in power.

Mr Bush promised that the lives of the Iraqi people would be "better than
they have known for generations".

The end of the nightmare for the Iraqi people and the start of a new day
for freedom
George W Bush
Mr Bush vowed the US coalition would press on until its victory was
complete and said the US would not impose any government on Iraq.
He said emergency aid was now moving into Iraq and that the US would soon
be making direct payments to Iraqi doctors and nurses.

In Iraq itself, a BBC correspondent in the northern city of Mosul says it
is extremely tense - and latest reports from there say at least three
people have been killed and several others wounded by gunfire.

The US military commander General Tommy Franks has been visiting Baghdad
where a new mayor appeared to emerge on Wednesday.

In other developments:

A leading Iraqi Shia Muslim opposition leader, Abdel Aziz Hakim, returns
from exile in Iran for the first time in 23 years to a rapturous reception
in the Iraqi city of Kut. Mr Hakim is deputy leader of the Supreme Council
for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, which boycotted US-organised talks on
Iraq's future this week

US marines raid the Baghdad home of an unnamed woman scientist that
Washington says was involved in Iraqi programmes to develop weapons of
mass destruction

The US downgrades its national terror alert from high to "elevated"

Syria, accused by the US of having chemical weapons, calls for a UN
Security Council resolution to make the Middle East a region free of
weapons of mass destruction - a move likely to be resisted by Israel

EU foreign ministers meet in Athens to try to work out a common position
on the future of Iraq as the UK's Jack Straw urges anti-war countries like
France and Germany to accept there is a new reality in the region. New

An Iraqi who apparently helped US troops restore local policing has
effectively declared himself mayor of Baghdad.

Mohammad Mohsen al-Zubaidi announced at a news conference in a Baghdad
hotel that he had been appointed head of the city's new interim local

He said the aim of his administration would be to restore law and order
and basic services and that he had the support of opposition groups both
inside and outside Iraq.

A BBC correspondent in Baghdad says it appears he was appointed by
American marines after playing a role in organising the return to work of
Iraqi police and other public-service employees.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2003/04/16 18:24:26


Jonathan Stevenson
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