Baghdad: UN Chief Promises to Reconsider Air Embargo against Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan promised to reconsider the 10-year-old UN air embargo against Iraq during talks Tuesday with the speaker of parliament, Saadun Hammadi, the official INA news agency said.
"We promise to examine this issue," Annan told Hammadi, who had said that "depriving Iraq of its right to use its civilian aircraft is not part of any Security Council resolution," INA reported.
The two men, who met in Geneva, also discussed what Hammadi said were the almost daily incidents of US and British warplanes attacking northern and southern Iraq.
Earlier Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister, Tareq Aziz, urged Annan in a letter to halt the US and British air raids.
"The Iraqi government condemns this flagrant aggression and urges you to intervene to stop these two countries from their aggression and (make them) respect international law and Iraq's sovereignty," Aziz said in the letter, carried by INA.
"The Iraqi government categorically rejects the so-called no-fly zones imposed unilaterally by the United States and Britain with no legal basis," he added.
Hammadi asked Annan for "the United Nations to reaffirm that there is no legal basis for the no-fly zones which are not mentioned in any Security Council resolution," INA said - BAGHDAD (AFP)
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