Excerpts of first Iraqi letter to United NationsNovember 14, 1998
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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Following are excerpts of the letter by Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, given to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday:
"On the basis of what was stated in your letter, and in appreciation of the content of the letter of President Boris Yeltsin of the Russian Federation and Mr. Yevgeny Primakov, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and the positive positions expressed and conveyed to us by China, France, Brazil and other States, and in order to give a further chance to achieve justice by lifting sanctions commencing with the implementation of paragraph 22 of resolution 687 (1991), the leadership of Iraq decided to resume working with the (U.N.) special commission (UNSCOM) and the IAEA and to allow them to perform their normal duties in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and on the basis of the principles which were agreed upon in the memorandum of understanding signed with you February 23, 1998.
We offer this chance not out of fear of the aggressive American campaign and the threat to commit a new aggression against Iraq, but as an expression of our responsibility, and in response to your appeal and those of our friends.
We affirm that the people of Iraq would not relinquish their legitimate right in having the iniquitous embargo lifted and to live normally like other nations of the world. We will be looking forward to seeing the outcome of your efforts and the review."
The following are excerpts of the nine points outlined in the addendum to the above letter:
"Third, Iraq expressed its readiness to engage in the comprehensive review which had been proposed by the (U.N.) Secretary-General. But, as a result of American pressure, the results brought about by the consultations of the Council do not ensure an honest and objective review with the aim of implementing paragraph 22.
Fourth, the position of Iraq on the comprehensive review is:
1-The comprehensive review be carried out within a very short time (seven days for example), after the resumption of UNSCOM and the IAEA of their normal duties. This is to be without conditions, (like those mentioned formerly in regard to what is called the confirmation of Iraq's cooperation) ...
... 4-If the Council sees, through an objective study, that there are matters which need to be done, a short period be determined for their completion. Until that completion is reached, the Council implements measures for lifting or reducing sanctions in proportion to what has been fulfilled of the requirements of paragraph 22. Thereafter, commencement with the implementation of paragraph 22 (begins) immediately upon the completion of the required work.
5-The Council assures the legal interpretation of section C of SCR 687 and that none of its members should impose additional conditions or restrictions on the implementation of paragraph 22...
... Sixth, the second phase of the review only encompasses the obligations determined by clear provisions of the resolutions and no matters should be raised contrary to the legal interpretation of the resolutions.
Seventh, the members of the Council, especially the permanent members, abide by international law and the relevant resolutions of the Council in respect to all matters pertaining to Iraq.
Eighth, the question of ... the structure of UNSCOM and its practices are important matters. The Council is to consider them seriously in order to ensure a good relationship in the future. We hope that this will be done as soon as possible.
Ninth, it is necessary that these assurances be communicated directly to the leadership in Baghdad either by the Secretary-General or by a delegation from the Council."
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