Baghdad on Tuesday, March 3, slammed France's proposal for a system of international monitoring to replace the current UN sanctions regime against Iraq.
"The policy of international vigilance called for by some parties, including France, is another attempt at rehabilitating and maintaining the embargo," charged Babel newspaper, headed by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday.
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine has said there was a need to move away from a policy of sanctions toward a "policy of international vigilance and international control" on Iraq.
Baghdad has repeatedly rejected a US campaign to draw up a new sanctions regime that is tougher against military shipments to Iraq but would see an easing of measures that directly affect on Iraqi civilians.
Iraq has been under crippling sanctions since its 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, which was ended by the 1991 Gulf War. — (AFP, Baghdad)
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