- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 26, 2006

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United Nations, Aug. 23, 1999 — As a two-day meeting of international arms inspections experts convened today to review new monitoring operations for Iraq, a leading Iraqi official denounced the inspection commission and vowed again never to cooperate with it. The official, Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s deputy prime minister… said in Baghdad that his government would not allow the new arms inspection team to visit the country, as called for in a Security Council resolution last December. Hans Blix, the executive chairman of the new arms panel… said this week that a team of 44 inspectors from 19 countries had been trained and was ready to go to Iraq to restart inspections after a 20-month lapse. The last inspectors of an earlier commission were withdrawn from Iraq in advance of American and British bombing in December 1998. Mr. Aziz told reporters in Baghdad: “I have said that Iraq will never cooperate with resolution 1284. This means it will not receive Blix or any person related to this resolution.”

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