United Nations Special Commission


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United Nations Special Commission

An organization created by the United Nations in 1999 to ensure that Iraq complied with Security Council resolutions not to produce biological, chemical or nuclear weapons after the Gulf War. UNSCOM was created in 1991 and dissolved in 1999 amid allegations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was using it to spy on the Iraqi military.
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Mr Fatchett also said the UN Security Council would discuss Saddam's latest clash with the United Nations Special Commission weapons inspectors.
If fully implemented, this would allow the United Nations Special Commission to fulfill its mission to find and destroy all of Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear weapons; find and destroy the missiles to deliver those weapons; and to institute a system for long-term monitoring to make sure Iraq does not build more.
Other speakers on board will represent The Fletcher School at Tufts University, The Netherlands MOD, Canadian MOD, NATO School Germany, Belgian MOD, State Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service of Hamburg, Germany, Delegation Generale L' Armement, Council of the European Union and United Nations Special Commission.
Saddam must refrain from interfering with the "independence and professionalism" of the United Nations Special Commission team.
The president also recounted how the United Nations Special Commission, created after the 1991 Gulf War to find and destroy such Iraqi weapons, has met obstruction from Saddam's regime every step of the way.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation and a member of the United Nations Special Commission Advisory Panel on Destruction of Iraq's Chemical Weapons Capabilities, and other disarmament technology teams.
A statement issued at the end of a six-hour parliament session said: "The National Assembly calls for stopping co-operation" with the United Nations Special Commission, which is charged with overseeing the elimination of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
The head of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), Mr Richard Butler, broke off talks and left Baghdad yesterday after his plan to accelerate the dismantling of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was rejected.
The UN Security Council will allow the lifting of the sanctions only after Mr Butler's United Nations Special Commission certifies that Iraq has no more illegal weapons.
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