ARABS-UN - July 7 - 'Sanctions Hinder Production Capacity'.
Anbari blasts a UN resolution passed in Dec. 1999 which would suspend sanctions once Iraq cooperated with weapons inspections. He adds although Resolution 1284 also eliminated the revenue ceiling on the oil-for-food programme, "by blocking contracts for spare parts for our oil sector, the Sanctions Committee has effectively capped our production capacity". Iraqi political analyst Burhan Mahmud Al Chalabi tells the conference: "Resolution 1284 is fundamentally flawed. It's designed to legitimise and prolong the sanctions regime". Chalabi calls on Britain to break the impasse between Iraq and the US by reopening a dialogue, which would help clarify the sanctions-easing resolution. Chalabi says the resolution fails to address the need for economic rehabilitation in Iraq. He adds an immediate injection of some US$30 bn was needed to boost the economy. A Western oil executive says: "If we could get Iraq and the US talking about economic solutions to the future oil gap, we could have a breakthrough on the political front".
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 8, 2000|
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