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Private Interview Conducted with Iraqi Scientist

First Private Interview Conducted with Iraqi Scientist- Blix Says More Must Be Done First

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In Iraq, the weapons inspectors have conducted their first private interview with an Iraqi biological scientist. It lasted more than three-and-a half hours. Dr. Hans Blix, who is in Vienna on his way to Baghdad this weekend, said that this is an improvement, but Iraq must do much more to show that it has had a genuine change of heart in terms of disarmament.

Dr. Blix addressed a group of 57 inspectors from 22 countries who just completed their 3-week training course in Vienna:

"I think everybody would like to see effective inspections to be the way to disarmament. This is certainly the wish of the Arab world, all Europeans and I'm convinced also of President Bush and Mr. Blair whom we saw yesterday. We are there to perform effective inspections. We have our demands, we have lots of rights: it is the most intrusive inspection system we have in the world."

The newly trained inspectors will return to their respective countries and will be placed on a roster, from which UNMOVIC can draw personnel for future inspections.

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