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Text of joint U.N.-Iraq statement


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The following are the 10 concessions Iraq said it will make in an effort to aid U.N. weapons inspectors.

They were read to reporters Monday by Gen. Amer al-Saadi, President Saddam Hussein's scientific adviser, after two days of meetings with chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix and International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

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Saddam Hussein's top scientific adviser reads a joint statement saying Iraq will do more to help arms inspectors verify whether the country is complying with U.N. disarmament demands. (January 20)
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Al-Saadi said the points had been agreed upon in the talks. They are:

1. Access has been obtained to all sites, and it will continue. The Iraqi side will encourage people to accept access also to private sites.

2. There has been helpful assistance in the logistic buildup of the inspection infrastructure, for example, at the Mosul office. This aid will continue, for example, regarding a field office in Basra.

3. After some empty 122 mm chemical munitions were found at the Al Ukhaider ammunition storage area, Iraq has appointed a team to undertake an investigation and comprehensive search to look for similar items at all locations. One find of four more units already was reported at Taji munitions stores.

4. A response was given to a U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission request for a number of documents. Some were handed over, and clarifications were given regarding others.

5. The list of people engaged in the various disciplines will be supplemented in accordance with advice from UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

6. The declaration given on December 7 by Iraq was discussed. Iraq expressed a readiness to respond to questions raised in connection with the declaration and discuss such questions.

7. People asked for interviews in private will be encouraged to agree.

8. UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed that their helicopters will take an appropriate number of Iraqi officials, or "minders," on board, as necessary.

9. As soon as possible, Iraq will enact national legislation regarding proscribed activities.

10. Iraq agreed to continue technical discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency to clarify issues regarding aluminum tubes, alleged uranium importation and the use of high explosives as well as other outstanding issues.


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