- Title: IRAQ: PEOPLE WELCOME NEWS OF LIFTING OF UNITED NATIONS SANCTIONS
- Date: 24th May 2003
- Summary: (EU) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 22, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. MV CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM LEUKAEMIA AND CANCER AT BAGHDAD'S CHILDREN HOSPITAL; MV MOTHERS WITH CHILDREN (6 SHOTS) 0.35 2. MV DR AHMED ABDUL FATTAH, PAEDIATRIC SURGEON EXAMINING CHILD; SCU MEDICINE ON BEDSIDE TABLE (3 SHOTS) 0.51 3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DR AHMED ABDUL FATTAH SAYING "We are going to be able to bring all the updated medicines that have been issued in the outside world to be used for our patients and I am quite sure that will be helpful for them. We are knowing right now that some kinds of medicines have been manufactured in the outside world able, for example, to cure patients complaining of leukaemia." 1.20 4. SCU MEDICINE IN POORLY EQUIPPED HOSPITAL PHARMACY; MV PHARMACIST DISPENSING MEDICINE TO PERSON; SCU AMPOULES; MV MEDICINE ON SHELF (4 SHOTS) 1.39 5. SLV STREET MARKET; SLV PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH MARKET; MV STALL; SCU TOOTHPASTE AND BATTERIES FOR SALE; MV MAN INSPECTING BLENDER (5 SHOTS) 2.03 6. SCU TRADERS TILT DOWN SCU CANNED FOOD 2.11 7. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ASSAN SAAD SALMAN, MARKET TRADER, SAYING "I believe Iraq will be better and good things will start to happen. We feel different than we were before and all of us are happy." 2.24 8. SLV PEOPLE STROLLING ON STREET; SCU ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES FOR SALE (2 SHOTS) 2.33 9. SLV PAN SHEEP AND HORSE AND CART IN POOR AREA OF THE CITY; SCU SHEEP; MV STALL SELLING SHEEP AND WATERMELONS (3 SHOTS) 2.51 10. SLV WOMAN SITTING ON DILAPIDATED BALCONY; SLV MAN PULLING OLD HORSE; SLV MAN PULLING GAS BOTTLE AROUND ROUNDABOUT (3 SHOTS) 3.04 11. SLV MECHANICS WORKING ON OLD CAR 3.09 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 8th June 2003 13:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVAC58MJPNFUACE0TP4TVO45ZLUL
- Story Text: Iraqi people have welcomed the news of the lifting of
The U.N. Security Council voted overwhelmingly on
Thursday (May 22, 2003) to end 13-year-old sanctions on Iraq and
gave the United States and Britain extraordinary powers to run
the country and its lucrative oil industry.
Despite misgivings by many council members, the 14-0 vote
was a victory for the Bush administration, which made some
last-minute concessions that opened the door to an
independent, albeit limited U.N. role and the possibility of
U.N. weapons inspectors returning to post-war Iraq.
The only opposition came from Syria, Iraq's neighbour and
the only Arab member of the council. Syria left its seat empty
and did not cast a vote in the 15-member council.
Dr Ahmed Abdul Fattah, paediatric surgeon and Assistant
Director of the Central Teaching Hospital for Children in
Baghdad, welcomed the news, saying it would allow them to use
medicines that have not been available to them.
"We are going to be able to bring all the updated
medicines that have been issued in the outside world to be
used for our patients and I am quite sure that will be helpful
for them. We are knowing right now that some kinds of
medicines have been manufactured in the outside world able,
for example, to cure patients complaining of
leukaemia," said Fattah.
Without U.N. action to lift the sanctions Washington would
have been in a legal no man's land, with many firms unwilling
to engage in trade with Iraq.
Some 8.3 million barrels of Iraqi oil stored at the
Turkish port of Ceyhan can now be exported.
"I believe Iraq will be better and good things will start
to happen. We feel different than we were before and all of us
are happy," said market trader, Assan Saad Salman.
The final compromise in the seven-page resolution was an
agreement by Washington for a Security Council review within
12 months on the implementation of the resolution. But the
measure does not need to be renewed and stays in effect until
an internationally recognised Iraqi government is established.
France, Russia, Germany and France, who voted in favour of
the resolution, all said the document was far from perfect.
The U.N. sanctions were imposed a few days after Iraq's
1990 invasion of Kuwait. But after Saddam's fall, the United
States argued there was no reason for the trade and financial
embargoes to continue.
The resolution would give the United States and Britain
broad powers to run Iraq and sell its oil to fund
reconstruction. It would also protect Iraq against lawsuits or
attachments of its oil revenues until a permanent Iraqi
government is established.
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