January 14, 1999 |
The Clinton administration intends to propose that the United Nations lift all limits on Iraq's ability to export oil to pay for the basic requirements of daily life, in what would be the most significant change in sanctions on Baghdad since they were imposed eight years ago, according to U.S. officials. The administration's plan was revealed Wednesday as France offered the U.N.
August 4, 1998 |
Openly flouting the U.N. blockade against Baghdad, Turkey has introduced regulations that, in effect, legalize the import and sale of ever-growing volumes of Iraqi fuel smuggled into this country.
June 20, 1998 |
The Security Council agreed Friday to allow Iraq to spend $300 million of oil-for-food revenue to buy spare parts for its oil industry to meet increased export targets. Iraq is allowed to sell $5.25 billion in oil over six months in order to buy food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies for its people to ease the impact of sanctions imposed after it invaded Kuwait in 1990. But without spare parts for its oil industry, Iraq cannot meet its targets under the oil-for-food program.
June 16, 1998 |
The prospect of a worsening glut of oil drove prices down more than 8% Monday in the seventh straight daily decline, sending futures contracts below $12 a barrel for the first time since 1986. The fear of the day concerned Iraq, analysts said, with signals that export sanctions could be removed this year and allow Iraq to sell oil to a world market already swimming in too much crude.
June 1, 1998 |
Iraq's oil minister said his nation can increase its oil exports dramatically within three months. The scale of the increase, however, will depend on how quickly the United Nations approves a recommendation by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to allocate $300 million to repair Iraq's oil industry, the minister said. Iraq currently exports 1.6 million barrels a day and will soon increase that to 1.
May 31, 1998 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan approved Baghdad's plan for distributing food and medicine purchased under the oil-for-food plan, paving the way for Iraq to export as much as $5.2 billion worth of oil over the next six months. Annan's approval of the distribution plan was the last major hurdle to be cleared before the next phase of the sales plan could begin. The current phase expires Tuesday. U.N.
December 2, 1997 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday asked the Security Council to consider increasing the amount of oil Iraq can sell to raise money for food and medicine, though he did not recommend a specific increase in oil exports. U.N. officials said they urged him to double the $2 billion worth of oil Iraq now can export every six months, but he backed off on figures at the request of the United States. Two-thirds of the oil revenue Iraq receives goes to buy humanitarian goods.
June 5, 1997 |
The Security Council voted unanimously to approve a six-month renewal of its "oil for food" deal with Iraq to ease the plight of civilians who have been under crippling sanctions for nearly seven years. The United States and Britain supported the measure despite their complaints that the U.N. is not monitoring the distribution of supplies carefully enough.
February 12, 1997 |
Skirting the shoals of Iran's Persian Gulf coast, tankers are smuggling tens of thousands of tons of fuel oil out of Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions, a U.S. admiral said Tuesday. The embargo breakers and their Iranian protectors have had two confrontations with the Navy in the last two weeks, ramming a U.S. frigate in one showdown that wasn't publicized. "Our indications are that this is a rather sophisticated effort, centrally controlled within Iran," Vice Adm. Thomas B.
December 11, 1996 |
President Saddam Hussein was showered with flowers after making a surprise appearance at a pumping station to open the pipeline carrying the first Iraqi oil exports since the 1991 Persian Gulf War. But 29,000 barrels later, Iraq was stopped from pumping oil to Turkey, having jumped the gun before the United Nations formally approved any contracts for delivery of oil, U.N. officials said. Under a closely monitored U.N.