Can UN Weapons Inspectors Do Their job?

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Saying that it-s -eager- to comply with Security Council Resolution 1441, Iraq has announced that it will allow UN weapons inspectors back into the country. Some 260 inspectors, including several from the Arab world, have been through intensive training in Vienna. Many could be on their way to Iraq as soon as Monday, with the power to discover violations that could lead to war. Yet, evidence will be hard to find in a huge country whose officials know how to -cheat and retreat.- We get a journalist-s primer on preparations for inspectors and the challenges they face, then move on to post-inspection possibilities and military contingencies, with an Operation Desert Storm military analyst, a Reagan-era Defense Department official and a former inspector once held hostage for doing his job.
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UN's announcement on Iraqi acceptance of Resolution 1441

Security Council's Resolution 1441

UN Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission

International Atomic Energy Agency

al Jazeera Television (in Arabic)



Warren Olney