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Australia urges immediate Iraqi compliance with UN Security Council resolution



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA136 6 November 1998

AUSTRALIA URGES IMMEDIATE IRAQI COMPLIANCE WITH UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION

I welcome the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption on 5 November of resolution 1205 condemning Iraq’s decision to cease cooperation with UNSCOM.

The language in that resolution reflects the international community’s dismay and concern at the path Iraq has taken and the seriousness with which the Security Council views Iraq’s latest provocation.

We share the assessment of the international community that Iraq’s 31 October decision to halt all cooperation with UNSCOM represents a very serious development, making it impossible for UNSCOM to carry out its disarmament and monitoring responsibilities.

Iraq’s decision to withdraw cooperation just when the Security Council had reached agreement on a comprehensive review of Iraq’s compliance with relevant Security Council Resolutions is particularly disappointing.

Iraq is demanding the immediate lifting of sanctions but there is only one way for Iraq to achieve sanctions relief and that is through full cooperation with UNSCOM and compliance with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Australia is seriously concerned by Iraq’s actions and we will continue to register our views on this at the highest levels. The Iraqi Charge was called in to my Department on 4 November and Australia’s views on the unacceptability of Iraq’s recent actions were made

very clear. - ยท

I strongly urge Iraq to comply immediately with the demands made by the UN Security Council in its latest resolution. A diplomatic resolution to this crisis is possible if Iraq immediately and unconditionally rescinds its decisions on noncooperation of 5 August and 31 October 1998 and demonstrates its willingness to resume full cooperation with both . UNSCOM and the IAEA through positive actions on the ground.

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