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Iraq's Response to Aziz/Sahhaf talks in NYC

Iraq News, OCTOBER 15, 1998

By Laurie Mylroie

The central focus of Iraq News is the tension between the considerable, proscribed WMD capabilities that Iraq is holding on to and its increasing stridency that it has complied with UNSCR 687 and it is time to lift sanctions. If you wish to receive Iraq News by email, a service which includes full-text of news reports not archived here, send your request to Laurie Mylroie .


I.  RCC, PARTY LEADERSHIP MEETING, INA, OCT 13
II. RCC, PARTY LEADERSHIP MEET AGAIN, IRAQ TV, OCT 14
    This is the 71st day without weapons inspections in Iraq.
    On Oct 9, Foreign Minister, Mohammad Sahhaf, returned to Baghdad 
after three weeks in NYC.  On Oct 10, Tariq Aziz returned to Baghdad 
after two weeks in NYC and brief stops in Paris, where he met the French 
Foreign Minister, and Amman, where he met Crown Prince Hassan.
    On Oct 13, as reported by INA, the RCC and Ba'th Party Command held 
a joint meeting, in which they discussed the results of the Aziz/Sahhaf 
talks with the UNSG and with permanent and non-permanent members of the 
UNSC.  The Iraqi leadership also "studied the blatant US interference in 
Iraq's internal affairs . . . [which] include the US Government's 
summoning of Iraqi parties to Washington to discuss with them Iraq's 
internal affairs and the US Congressional recommendation to allocate 
funds and weapons to undermine Iraq's security and stability . . .  The 
acts of blatant interference also include the serious US espionage role 
carried out by influential elements in the UN Special Commission to 
provide the Zionist entity . . . with sensitive and basic information on 
Iraq's security and Armed Forces . . . The conferees decided to resume 
the discussion of these topics later."
    The RCC and Ba'th Party Command met again the next day.  As Iraq 
television reported, they "resumed the discussion of the topics 
addressed in the joint meeting they held yesterday . . . The conferees 
held an in-depth study of the feverish and continuous attempts and 
efforts which have been exerted by the US Government for more than eight 
years in their plotting against Iraq under various international 
pretexts.  In these attempts, the US Government has used all methods of 
economic, political, psychological, and military wars, as well as the 
most sophisticated and brutal means of destruction. . . . The conferees 
continued the in-depth and detailed discussion . . . of the various 
aspects of spying on Iraq's security and vital interests carried out by 
influential elements in the UN Special Commission and the International 
Atomic Energy Agency, in the interest of the CIA and its ally, the 
Zionist intelligence under the direct supervision of the political, 
espionage, and military agencies of the US Government.  The RCC and the 
Iraq Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'th Party will resume their 
discussion of these topics in the near future."
I. RCC, PARTY LEADERSHIP MEETING
Baghdad INA in Arabic 1800 GMT 13 Oct 98
[FBIS Translated Text] Baghdad, 13 Oct (INA) President Saddam Husayn has 
chaired the joint meeting of the Revolution Command Council [RCC] and 
the Iraq Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'th Party
   The conferees discussed the results of the visit to New York by 
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq 'Aziz and Foreign Minister Muhammad Said 
al-Sahhaf.  They also discussed the results of their talks with the UN 
Secretary General and the representatives of a number of permanent and 
nonpermanent members of the Security Council.
  During the joint meeting, the conferees studied the blatant US 
interference in Iraq's internal affairs, something that contradicts the 
rules of the international law, as well as the letter and spirit of the 
Security Council resolutions, which the United States itself 
participated in drafting and which calls for respecting Iraq's 
sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The acts of blatant interference 
include the US Government's summoning of Iraqi parties to Washington to 
discuss with them Iraq's internal affairs; and the US Congressional 
recommendation to allocate funds and weapons to undermine Iraq's 
security and stability and threaten its sovereignty and territorial 
integrity.  The acts of blatant interference also include the serious US 
espionage role carried out by influential elements in the UN Special 
Commission [UNSCOMI to provide the Zionist entity, which is stilt in a 
state of war with Iraq, with sensitive and basic information on Iraq's 
security and Armed Forces.  UNSCOM elements obtained this information 
while performing their tasks within the UNSCOM.
   The conferees decided to resume the discussion  of these topics 
later.
   The speaker of the National Assembly, the chief of the Presidential 
Office, and the ministers of foreign affairs and culture and information 
attended the meeting. 
[Description of source: Official news agency of the Iraqi Government]
II. RCC, PARTY LEADERSHIP MEET AGAIN, IRAQ TV
Baghdad Iraq Television Network in Arabic 1800 GMT 14 Oct
[Announcer-read report over video]
[FBIS Translated Text]  Leader President Saddam Husayn, may God preserve 
him, has chaired the joint meeting or the Revolution Command Council 
(RCC) and the Iraq Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'th Party.   The 
conferees resumed the discussion of the topics addressed in the joint 
meeting they held yesterday, l3 October.
   The conferees held an in-depth study of the feverish and continuous 
attempts and efforts which have been exerted by the US Government for 
more than eight years in their plotting against Iraq under various 
international pretexts. In these attempts, the US Government has used 
all methods of economic, political, psychological, and military war, as 
well as the most sophisticated and brutal means of destruction.
   During the joint meeting, the conferees continued the in-depth and 
detailed discussion, which was held In yesterday's joint meeting, of the 
various aspects of spying on Iraq's security and vital interests carried 
out by influential elements in the UN Special Commission and the 
International Atomic Energy Agency in the interest of the CIA and its 
ally, the Zionist intelligence under the direct supervision of the 
political, espionage, and military
agencies of the US Government.
   The RCC and the Iraq Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'th Party will 
resume their discussion of these topics in the near future.
   The speaker of the National Assembly, the head of the Presidential 
Office, and the ministers of foreign affairs and culture and information 
attended the meeting.  
[Video shows Saddam chairing leadership meeting; description of source: 
Official television station of the Iraqi Government]





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