Letters to the Editor

When cooperation ends

Saddam Hussein remained in power after invading Kuwait only because he agreed to United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 686 and 687. Conditions for a cease-fire. Read them:

▪ UNSCR 707 (8/15/91) - “Condemns” Iraq’s “serious violation of UNSCR 687.” Iraq must allow UN and IAEA inspectors immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access. Iraq must cease attempts to conceal or move weapons of mass destruction and related materials and facilities.

▪ UNSCR 715 (10/11/91) - Iraq must cooperate fully with U.N. and IAEA inspectors.

▪ UNSCR 949 (10/15/94) – Iraq must cooperate fully with U.N. weapons inspectors.

▪ UNSCR 1060 (6/12/96) - Deplores' Iraq's refusal to allow access to UN inspectors and Iraq's “clear violations” of previous UN resolutions.

▪ UNSCR 1115 (6/21/97) - “Condemns repeated refusal of Iraqi authorities to allow access” to U.N. inspectors, which constitutes a “clear and flagrant violation” of UNSCR 687, 707 , 715 and 1060.

▪ UNSCR 1154 (3/2/98) – Iraq must cooperate fully with U.N. and IAEA weapons inspectors and allow immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access, and notes that any violation would have the “severest consequences for Iraq.”.

▪ UNSCR 1194 (9/9/98) - “Condemns the decision by Iraq of Au. 5, 1998, to suspend cooperation with U.N. and IAEA inspectors,” which constitutes “a totally unacceptable contravention” of its obligations under UNSCR 687, 707, 715, 1060, 115 and 1154.

This is a very brief summary of the U.N. Security Council Resolutions on Iraq, copies I have. Now, what happens when a party violates a cease-fire agreement? The cease-fire ends.

Russell C. Fette