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Report: Sanctions on Iraq 'Could Go in Six Months'

Sunday, 19 November 2000 12:00 AM

"I want to see the sanctions suspended so that everything can move forward. Iraq can move forward, the region can move forward," said Peter Hain, the Foreign Office Minister responsible for the Middle East.

"But the only vehicle for that is [U.N. Security Council Resolution] 1284, which in return for allowing inspectors back would trigger within months, literally within 180 days, sanctions suspensions," Hain told the newspaper.

Britain has been under growing pressure from moderate Arab countries to ease the 10-year embargo on Iraq, which is being broken almost daily by flights, VIP visits and cross-border trade.

Hain said in addition to his public appeal to the Iraqi leadership to cooperate with the U.N., Britain had been making indirect approaches to Baghdad through friendly Arab governments, in an effort to persuade the Iraqis to change their minds.

"I am hopeful that if a way can be found for Iraq's dignity to be respected while allowing the arms inspectors in, then we could see sanctions suspended for six months."

The newspaper report did not include a reaction from the United States, which is seeking the overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Successive U.S. presidents have sought the removal of Hussein and have supported the Iraqi opposition, but Hain insisted that his concern was not who ruled Iraq.

Hain said Britain is prepared to show flexibility in other areas, according to the Times. He said talks were under way with France and Russia to devise a system that would allow regular flights to resume to Iraq, as long as they were searched before takeoff to make sure they were not helping Baghdad to rebuild its weapons of mass destruction.

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