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[casi] Opposition Countries complete sellout

Not a peep about the  UN inspectors role. Complete
sidelining of UN and de facto legitimation of occupation.
Well UN can be a do-gooder if it keeps its nose clean and co-operates with
international agencies setting up judicial systems, cops, and schools. No
profit taking for the UN  just a role in repairing the damage. International
citizens have the privilege of paying for and undoing some of the damage
caused by the UN and its Masters.

Cheers, Ken Hanly

 May 8 2003,,5944-674200,00.html


May 09, 2003

US sanctions move is likely to be accepted
By James Bone and Roland Watson

BRITAIN and the United States challenged the UN Security Council yesterday
to pass an aggressive new resolution endorsing their military presence in
Iraq and giving them power to spend the country's oil money under
international supervision.

Effectively sidelining the UN, the draft resolution would support the
creation of the interim Iraqi authority and assign a new UN "special
co-ordinator" to work alongside the allies in creating the new

The proposal would end UN sanctions on Iraq without any further role for UN
weapons inspectors and phase out the existing UN "Oil-for-Food" programme.

Victorious in battle, London and Washington are seeking to press home their
diplomatic advantage by pushing for a vote on the new resolution before the
end of the current phase of the UN 'Oil-for-Food" programme on June 3.

Diplomats said that other Security Council members had little stomach for
another bruising fight with Britain and the United States after the
diplomatic row over the war. "I do not think anyone is going to cause too
much trouble, given what happened last time," one UN official said.

France and Russia, two veto-bearing powers that enjoyed broad support in
their opposition to the war, would find themselves isolated in the 15-nation
council if they tried to block the lifting of sanctions. Germany, their
erstwhile ally, has already signalled that it is ready to end sanctions
without demanding that UN inspectors first certify Iraq free of weapons of
mass destruction, and Berlin is considering sending German peacekeepers to
the country.

The ambassador from one of the six "swing voters" on the council who helped
to block a "war resolution" in the run-up to the conflict said that his
country was likely to support the latest US-British proposal.

Under the proposal, the two countries would write to the Security Council
president acknowledging their responsibilities as "occupying powers" in
Iraq. The council would endorse their presence for "an initial period of 12
months . . . to continue thereafter as necessary unless the Security Council
decides otherwise."

The draft resolution would "support the formation, by the people of Iraq
with the help of the 'occupying powers' and working with the (UN) Special
Co-ordinator, of an Iraqi interim authority as a transitional administration
run by Iraqis until a permanent government is established."

The Security Council would lift the 12-year-old oil embargo and other
non-military sanctions and wind up the "Oil-for-Food" programme over four
months by paying off contracts.

Iraq's oil revenues would then be deposited in an "Iraqi assistance fund" at
the central bank under the supervision of an international advisory board,
including representatives of the UN, the International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank. But the oil money would be spent for the benefit of the Iraqi
people "at the direction of" the occupying powers, in consultation with the
Iraqi interim authority.

The new UN co-ordinator would play a political as well as an humanitarian
role. The draft resolution says his tasks would include "working with the
'occupying powers' and the Iraqi people to form a new government".

Diplomats say the United States is pushing for the UN to name Sergio Vieira
de Mello, the UN human rights commissioner, as its co-ordinator in Iraq. The
charismatic Brazilian, a rising star in the UN system, is said to be
interested in changing jobs. But insiders say Kofi Annan, the UN
Secretary-General, fears that he may use the post as a springboard to seek
Mr Annan's job.

The UN secretariat has drawn up a list of four Arabic-speaking figures for
the job: former prime ministers from Jordan, Morocco and Egypt and Lakhdar
Brahimi, the veteran UN official who oversees its operation in Afghanistan.

The resolution does not mention the UN weapons inspectors. John Negroponte,
the US Ambassador to the UN, said that he saw no role for them in the
"foreseeable future" despite Russia's and France's insistence that they
certify Iraq free of weapons of mass destruction.

The diplomacy unfolded under the threat of unilateral US action. Officials
have signalled that the US is ready to breach UN sanctions if they are not
lifted. This week the US lifted its own sanctions which have prevented
American companies exporting equipment to Iraq for a decade.

US Assistant Secretary of State Kim Holmes declared himself pleased with
talks he had with top Russian officials on the draft resolution.


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