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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 mayor 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 government. 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: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/2954485.stm Published: 2003/04/16 18:24:26 ------- Jonathan Stevenson Gonville and Caius College | Cambridge | CB2 1TA tel 01223 521914 | mob 07818 651124 "unmoreable unlessable unworsenable evermost almost void." - Worstward Ho _______________________________________________ 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