February 7, 2000 |
Tests confirm that a Russian tanker seized by the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf was carrying Iraqi oil in violation of a U.N. economic embargo, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said Sunday. The Volgoneft-147 was being taken to Muscat, the capital of Oman, and the Omani government will determine the fate of the merchant vessel and its crew, Cohen told reporters while flying back from Germany, where he attended a conference on European security.
February 4, 2000 |
Faced with a sharp increase in smuggling of Iraqi oil in defiance of a U.N. embargo, the U.S. Navy seized a Russian-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf and ordered it to port, where chemical tests can be made to determine the origin of its cargo, the Clinton administration said Thursday. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested the seizure and demanded immediate release of the ship and its crew. Moscow said the cargo was from Iran, not Iraq. However, U.S.
January 27, 2000 |
After rejecting Secretary-General Kofi Annan's first nomination for a new chief arms inspector for Iraq last week, the Security Council agreed unanimously Wednesday on a new man for the job: Swedish disarmament expert Hans Blix. Blix, 71, was the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997 and oversaw inspections of Iraq's nuclear program with mixed success.
January 18, 2000 | ,
After four weeks of deadlock, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that the best person to be chief U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq is Swedish diplomat Rolf Ekeus, who led a U.N. inspection team there from 1991 to 1997. But Russia rejected Annan's choice Monday night, casting Ekeus' nomination into doubt. Russian Ambassador Sergei V. Lavrov sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, U.S.
January 14, 2000 |
Diplomats in Iraq said Thursday that the Iraqi leadership appeared to be showing some flexibility in an attempt to find a solution to its impasse with the United Nations over arms inspections.
December 11, 1999 |
The Security Council on Friday extended Iraq's "oil-for-food" program for six months and set the stage to suspend sanctions if Saddam Hussein's regime allows U.N. weapons inspectors back into the country. The moves are part of a yearlong effort to revive a U.N. program ensuring that Baghdad eliminates all weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems. The Security Council ordered Iraq to disarm after the 1991 Persian Gulf War and has maintained an embargo until it does. But U.N.
November 21, 1999 |
Iraq rejected a two-week extension of U.N. humanitarian aid Saturday as being too brief to be of any help but did not indicate if it would stop selling oil to raise money for food--the keystone of the program. Foreign Minister Mohammed Said Sahaf said the extension approved Friday is meaningless from a "practical point of view, as it is impossible to do anything" in two weeks. The aid program allows Iraq to sell oil and use the revenue to buy food, medicine and other goods.
November 20, 1999 |
The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved a stopgap extension of its humanitarian program for Iraq for two weeks, during which it will try to break months of deadlock over a new comprehensive policy on Iraq. While Britain and the United States said there was now momentum to reach an agreement perhaps within two weeks, Russia and China stressed that major differences remained and insisted that there could be no artificial deadline.
September 21, 1999 |
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright helped a delegation of Iraqi opposition leaders kick off a week of U.N. lobbying Monday, urging other countries to "join us in listening to these brave, free voices of Iraq." Most of the 16 Iraqis who huddled with Albright are members of the U.S.-backed Iraqi National Congress based in London. They were joined by Kurdish leaders from the autonomous region of northern Iraq.