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Iraq: 'Calmly Reviewing' U.N. Resolution

Sunday, 10 November 2002 12:00 AM

A government statement carried by the Iraq News Agency said that "although the new resolution is bad and unjust, the leadership is calmly reviewing Security Council Resolution 1441, and will announce its position in the next few days."

Analysts in Baghdad expect Iraq is unlikely to force a showdown at this point by rejecting the resolution outright. However, early maneuvering emerged Saturday in comments that the foreign minister made to reporters covering an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

The U.N. Security Council had "aborted U.S. efforts aimed at using the resolution as a pretext to launch war on Iraq," said Naji Sabri.

And in turn, "the international community has rejected using the Security Council as a cover to launch aggression against Iraq."

The resolution was passed Friday by all 15 members of the U.N. Security Council. It gave Iraq a "final opportunity" to disarm, authorized the return of U.N. weapons inspectors and warned of "serious consequences" if Baghdad fails to cooperate.

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his government were given seven days to accept the terms of the resolution and 30 days to declare all aspects of programs to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Any false statements or omissions would be considered in violation of the resolution.

Surprise support for the resolution came from Syria, the only Arab nation on the Security Council. It had previously said repeatedly it was against using threats against its neighbor to the east and was expected at best to abstain from the vote.

Syria does not hold one of the five key seats on the council that carries veto power.

State-owned Syrian Radio said its vote in favor of Resolution 1441 was aimed at "preventing an American strike against Iraq." It said that Damascus had "reached a conviction, after intensive international contacts, to vote in favor of the resolution to prevent the region from another war that will only benefit Israel and the enemies of the Arab nation."

Nevertheless, a newspaper run by Saddam's eldest son, Uday, saved its strongest condemnation for Syria among the nations such as France that withdrew their objections to the draft resolution.

In a front-page editorial entitled "Et tu, Brutus?" -- the Roman ruler Julius Ceaesar's words when he realized a friend was among his assassins -- the Babel daily said: "Even you, Syria, agreed to it?"

The paper also blasted the resolution for "giving absolute authority to the arms inspectors, giving the American intelligence wide opportunities," adding that President George W. Bush "started using threats without even hearing Iraq's decision on the resolution."

Babel said it expected "more American pressure on the arms inspectors to carry out provocative acts that have nothing to do with their mission," and then declared: "We regret what has become of the international organization (the United Nations), which has been blatantly violated, and for placing its objectives and mandate in an unenviable and suspicious position."

Meanwhile on Saturday, Arab League spokesman Hisham Yousef said in Cairo that the Iraq issue would dominate talks of the foreign ministers' meeting, which began Saturday evening.

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