New 'Smart Sanctions' Regime for Iraq
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia
16 May 2002
I welcome the United Nations Security Council's unanimous adoption on 14 May of Resolution 1409, which authorises the implementation of a new 'smart sanctions' regime on Iraq from 30 May 2002.
Australia has strongly supported this improved sanctions regime, which will go a long way towards addressing the problems posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) ambitions. The system will tighten controls on WMD-related materials while facilitating a smoother flow of civilian goods into Iraq. This in turn will help improve the humanitarian situation in Iraq.
The new system will simplify the current procedures for exporting to Iraq with consequent benefits for the many Australian companies that participate in the Oil-for-Food program.
Australia urges Iraq to respond positively to
the new sanctions regime and to take the opportunity to
engage seriously with the United Nations in consultations
for the re-admission of weapons inspectors.