- Title: IRAQ: IRAQ TO HAND OVER LIST OF SCIENTISTS CONNECTED WITH ARMS PROGRAMMES.
- Date: 20th December 2002
- Summary: (EU) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (DECEMBER 19, 2002)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. MV/PAN/GV: AMER AS-SA'DI, ADVISOR AT THE PRESIDENCY OFFICE, AND DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE IRAQI NATIONAL MONITORING DIRECTORATE, HUSAM MOHAMMED AMIN, AT NEWS CONFERENCE; MEDIA 92 SHOTS) 0.13 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AS-SA'DI SAYING: "We do not expect both Doctor Blix and Doctor ElBaradei to say that there is anything new in our declaration of the past programme. However, the new part, which is written in Arabic requires translation. And it's not just straightforward translation, it's technical translation, which requires time and accuracy and that has not, as far as we know, been completed." 3. REPORTERS 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AS-SA'DI SAYING: "However, I received a letter from Doctor Hans Blix asking exactly for that (scientists list), and the time frame for that is by the end of this year. We are working on this list. There are no details being worked out at all. We will submit the list in time, and that's that. Don't forget that paragraph 7 says that UNMOVIC (U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission)and the IAEA have the right to do that and when they require, they will ask for it, but it doesn't mean that automatically they want to take people out, perhaps they need them inside the country." 5. CAMERAMAN 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AS-SA'DI (ASKED WHAT IS NEW IN IRAQ'S DECLARATION) SAYING: "I expect that Blix and ElBaradei say there is nothing new in the Iraqi declaration and this is right, how it be there is new thing if we have nothing new, the new thing is in the period from 1998 to 2002." 7. CAMERAMAN 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AS-SA'DI SAYING: "I am not sure he will say he is unsatisfied. He will, perhaps, just say that there is nothing new, as far as he was concerned. That's quite correct. There's nothing new in it that he didn't know before. There's nothing, in fact, that they don't know about Iraq's programme." 9. WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE 2.35 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
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- Story Text: Iraq has said it was not worried by accusations that
its weapons declaration to the United Nations contained little
new, but said it would hand over a list of scientists
associated with arms programmes.
Presidential adviser Amir al-Saadi told a news
conference in Baghdad on Thursday (December 19) that Iraq
would hand over a list of scientists associated with its
weapons programmes which U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans
Blix has requested by the end of the month.
"We are working on this list. There are no details being
worked out at all. We will submit the list in time, and that's
that," he said.
U.S. and British officials have said the Iraqi dossier
submitted on December 7 is full of holes.
"There is nothing that they don't know about Iraq's
weapons programmes. They know everything," Saadi said.
Saadi was speaking just before Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei,
in charge of nuclear arms inspections, were due to give the
Security Council an initial assessment of Iraq's 12,000-page
Iraq denies that it has pursued banned weapons programmes
since December 1998 when previous U.N. weapons inspectors were
withdrawn ahead of a U.S.-British bombing campaign.
"We don't expect Blix and ElBaradei to say there is
anything new," Saadi said, indicating that Iraq had nothing to
add to previous information it had given on past programmes.
U.N. experts resumed inspections on November 27 after Iraq
decided to "deal with" a tough new Security Council resolution
requiring it to disarm or face serious consequences.
General Hussam Mohamed Amin, the chief Iraqi official
liaising with the inspectors, said the U.N. teams had visited
a total of 130 sites, including 116 which had previously been
subject to U.N. monitoring, since they resumed work in Iraq.
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