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U.N. Deplores Iraq's Actions Against Inspectors
by CNN, January 14, 1998
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 07:17 pm CST

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a unanimous statement Wednesday, the Security Council said it "deplores" Iraq's failure to provide the necessary escorts to allow American disarmament inspector Scott Ritter and his team to carry out weapons inspections during the past two days.

It called Baghdad's refusal an "unacceptable" violation of U.N. Gulf War cease-fire resolutions. "The council determines that this failure is unacceptable and a clear violation of the relevant resolutions," the statement said.

In response, Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, Nizar Hamdoon, said, "The Security Council can keep piling statements on Iraq but the fact is Iraq has made clear its complaint about the nature of the (weapons inspection) teams."

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