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Australian to Head Mission on Iraq Arms

May 02, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

Australia's U.N. ambassador, Richard Butler, was appointed executive chairman of the U.N. commission in charge of Iraqi disarmament, the United Nations announced. He will replace Rolf Ekeus of Sweden, who has led the U.N. Special Commission, known as UNSCOM, since its inception in 1991. Butler will take over July 1, and Ekeus will become Sweden's ambassador to Washington. UNSCOM is in charge of eliminating Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

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