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No Iraq mandate.


SIR - The United Nations Association does not believe that a mandate exists for the USA, the United Kingdom, or any others to attack Iraq without specific new Security Council authorisation.

UNA has always opposed the withdrawal of the UN Special Commission (Unscom) from Iraq whatever the difficulties it faced in its weapon inspection role, and welcomed the Security Council's authorisation of a new team to ensure Iraq got rid of its weapons of mass destruction.

The recent exchange of correspondence between Iraq and the Secretary-General of the UN would appear to offer an opportunity for a civilised resolution of the current crisis without the hideous bloodshed that would inevitably follow a full-scale war.

Hopefully the British government will pursue this avenue for peace.

FRANK HOOLEY Caenbrook Meadow, Presteigne
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 9, 2002
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