Iraq: UN Sanctions Vote A Significant Step Forward
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that the latest United Nations (UN) Security Council vote on Iraq is 'a significant step forward'.
The UN decision will soon mean no sanctions on ordinary imports into Iraq, only controls on military and weapons-related goods.
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw said:
"The Security Council vote on
Iraq is a significant step forward. The international
community is united over how to apply controls to the
Baghdad regime. I am pleased that Britain has played a
leading role in securing this agreement to more targetted
"The UN decision will soon mean no sanctions on ordinary imports into Iraq, only controls on military and weapons-related goods. Iraq will be free to meet all its civilian needs. The measures leave the Baghdad regime with no excuses for the suffering of the Iraqi people."
holds the key to its reintegration into the international
community - compliance with UN Security Council Resolution
1284. There must be independently verified compliance with
the international community's insistence that Iraq give up
its Weapons of Mass Destruction. In the meantime we will
continue to fulfil our obligation to contain the threat
which Saddam Hussein still poses to the international