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UN On NZer In Iraq

[06 Jul 1999] : Extract from Daily Press Briefing Of Office Of Spokesman For Secretary-General

Some of you may have seen some media reports on Iraq involving a citizen of New Zealand. The information we have from the Office of the Iraq Programme is that by 10 a.m. today the Humanitarian Coordinator, Hans von Sponeck was called to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs where he was given a note verbale demanding the departure, within 72 hours, of someone by the name of Ian Broughton, a New Zealand national employed by the company contracted by the United Nations to provide demining services in the three northern governorates of Iraq.

The United Nations has begun an investigation of the allegations made in the note verbale regarding the planting of boxes near a village in the north. Mr. Von Sponeck will meet tomorrow with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to review the situation.

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