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wei-chi
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posted 02 October 2002 09:47 AM      Profile for wei-chi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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In the Commons, Defence Minister John McCallum said the Liberal government is prepared to join a U.S.-led force under a UN mandate, though no request has been made or final decision taken.

The defence minister said Canada continues to hope for and work towards a diplomatic settlement in Iraq.

"But at the same time, it is clear that diplomatic efforts fail to yield results and military action becomes necessary," he said. "So let no one think Canada will hesitate to provide military support if the government deems it necessary. Canada is sometimes known as a peaceable kingdom but never as a pacifist kingdom."


Globe & Mail article

CBC story

List of Current Security Council Members - other Iraq info as well

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wei-chi
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posted 02 October 2002 10:13 AM      Profile for wei-chi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The US has been circulating a draft of its proposed resolution on Iraq at the United Nations.

Nine of the 15 members of the UN Security Council must vote for the resolution - which may yet be revised - for it to pass, and there must be no veto from one of the five permanent council member.

These are the main points of the draft document as reported by the Reuters news agency:
· Weapons declaration:
Iraq, within 30 days of adoption of the resolution, must make an "acceptable and currently accurate" declaration of its weapons of mass destruction, precise locations of the arms, their components, sub-components, stocks of chemical or biological agents and where research was carried out.
· Threat of force:
A UN member state can use "all necessary means" - including military action - should Baghdad make any "false statements or omissions" or otherwise fail to co-operate with the resolution.
· Iraqi acceptance:
Iraq has to accept the resolution within seven days of its adoption and after notification by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
· Return of inspectors:
UN arms inspectors, withdrawn from Iraq in mid-1998, cannot return until this declaration is made.
· Inspection teams:
Any permanent member of the Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia or China - can join an inspection mission, recommend sites to be inspected, persons to be interviewed, the conditions of such interviews and receive a report on the results.
· Access to sites:
Inspectors are to have access to all sites, including President Saddam Hussein's eight palace compounds spread over 12 square miles (31.5 square kilometres), mosques and any government buildings.
· Access to witnesses:
Inspectors are to have unimpeded and private access to any scientist or government official they want to interview. They can conduct interviews inside or outside the country, with travel "facilitated" for the witnesses and their families.
· Powers of inspectors:
Inspectors can declare no-fly and no-drive exclusion zones on the ground and air transit corridors. But a call for these zones to be enforced by UN security forces or outside troops is still under consideration.
· Iraq and the UN:
A declaration that Iraq is in material breach of its obligations under council resolutions.

source: BBC News

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Join CBC's fall lineup including the second season of CANADA GOES TO WAR. In the final episode of Season One, PPCLI heroes spent a few days in Tahiti before returning to Edmonton for a grand parade. Season Two promises to provide the same action-packed dangers and the same tear-jerking reunions.

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Canada is ready to back a UN-sponsored war against Iraq with a "sizeable" military commitment, Defence Minister John McCallum said Wednesday.

"If the government calls upon us, we will be able to make a sizeable commitment," he said in Ottawa, suggesting that the Canadian Forces could provide a force similar in size to the 2,000 servicemembers who were deployed to Afghanistan.


Military ready for Iraq mission, McCallum says - G&M article


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