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U.N.-Iraq Talks to Resume in Early July

Xinhuanet 2002-05-21 02:29:21
  UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (Xinhuanet) -- The third around of talks
between Iraq and the United Nations on the U.N. arms inspection in
the country is expected in early July, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard
said Monday.
   He did not mention the exact date and place, while press
reports guess that may happen in a city in Europe instead of New
York as previously did. It may take place during one of the trips
of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Eckhard said.
   Since March 7, Annan and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri have
held two rounds of talks on the return of U.N. inspectors who left
Baghdad ahead of U.S.-British air strikes in December 1998.
   The last round of talks from May 1-3 did not produce any
breakthrough but both sides called it "frank and useful",
expressing willingness to continue dialogue.
   Iraq has repeated its call for a lifting of U.N. sanctions
against it, saying it has already complied with U.N. requirements.
   However, the embargo regime, imposed since 1990 for Iraqi
invasion of Kuwait, was reconfirmed on may 14 by Security Council
resolution 1409 which allows Iraq freely import civilian goods
while tightening the inflow of military or potential military
materials to Iraq.  Enditem 

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