Second French Flight to Break Embargo, Fly to Baghdad
A second French flight aimed at breaking a UN embargo against Iraq plans to fly from Paris to Baghdad on Friday with about 100 passengers, including former French foreign minister Claude Cheysson, organizers told AFP on Tuesday.
The first Paris-to-Baghdad flight in a decade landed at Saddam international airport last Friday, challenging a UN air embargo and to acclaim from Iraq that its isolation is ending.
The chartered Boeing-737 brought a 75-member delegation including some 30 medical staff and around 40 young French sports figures who were to take part in the Babylon cultural festival.
They left Paris after France ignored a United Nations sanctions committee request to delay the departure of what organizers insisted was a humanitarian flight – PARIS (AFP)
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