October 1, 2002
UN-BELIEVABLE:Presidential sites - a 'deal-breaker' (Paul Reynolds, 1 October, 2002, BBC News Online)
The exclusion of the so called "presidential sites" from the discussions in Vienna on the return of the weapons inspectors means that a major problem - potentially a deal-breaker - is unresolved.
The Vienna talks did not deal with them because they were the subject of a special agreement between the UN and Iraq in 1998.
The United States and Britain are now demanding what they describe as "unfettered" access to all sites.
If they continue to include presidential sites in this definition and Iraq refuses, then it could be a cause for breakdown - and a cause for war.
If they make an exception for presidential sites, it would undermine their own charges that Iraq uses these places to hide forbidden weapons.
So these UN negotiators weren't even mentioning the "presidential sites"? Are they trying to prove that the UN is itself a joke?
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2002 7:43 PM