- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2003

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 20 (UPI) — The new British-U.S. draft resolution would be presented "at least informally" to the 13 other members of the U.N. Security Council early next week, diplomatic sources told United Press International Thursday night.

One of the sources said, "There is a draft out there" expected to be distributed Monday.

Diplomats have been saying in the corridors at U.N. headquarters the anticipated measure would be short and expected it to carry an implicit, rather than explicit, deadline, in that its tabling alone would signal Washington's patience had run out and was ready to roll with its military move on Iraq.

The draft was expected to be a follow-up to the tough Resolution 1441 of Nov. 8 that returned inspectors to Iraq for the first time in four years, declaring Baghdad "has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions" of the council, and proclaimed the measure a "final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations" or face "serious consequences."

The November measure called for "immediate" compliance.

British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock said, "Things are beginning to happen on the things the inspectors want like the (reconnaissance) aircraft and I think they got a new list of interviewees which I think they want to continue with."

He was referring in the latter instance to the private interviews sought by U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission inspectors with scientists, technicians and others who worked on weapons of mass destruction programs or destruction of the actual weapons and files about them.

"What we need … is voluntary disarmament," he said, once again. "I think we know what it is when a country intends to disarm and comes to use the instrument of inspectors to disarm. That is not happening."

A spokesman for UNMOVIC, Ewen Buchanan, told UPI Iraq on Thursday had submitted the names of several people involved in the destruction of material involved with banned missile and biological weapon programs.

"I saw 49 entries on one list," he said, explaining that he did not know how many times names were repeated or were also on other lists.

UNMOVIC head Hans Blix told the council in his Feb. 14 report that 83 names of those in the chemical field had been reported.

As chief U.N. weapons inspector he heads up detection of missile, biological and chemical weapon programs while Mohammed ElBaradei is executive director of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.

Echoing what other diplomats said, Greenstock told reporters he expected the new draft to go direct to all council members and not go first through the permanent five veto-wielding members of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

France has already said it would veto such a measure without a negative report from inspectors. Blix's last report was generally positive.

U.N. and diplomatic sources told UPI Blix has "penciled in" March 7 to deliver his next verbal report to the council, although a quarterly report was due March 1 and was expected to be available about that time before that in-person presentation.

Buchanan said there was a second high-flying U-2 reconnaissance mission on Thursday.

He also said UMOVIC "was still working" on a letter to Baghdad about Iraq's Samoud II missiles, which a panel of experts determined exceed the 150 km limit laid down by the council. Whether or not Iraq would be ordered to destroy them or their engines was an outstanding question.

The previous inspection regime ordered destruction of similar rocket engines and their castings.


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