World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Undermining the UN would be a victory for Saddam

Undermining the UN would be a victory for Saddam says Hoon

Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has said that the determination to act on the issue of Iraq 'should be about the immediate security of us all, the future of the UN and the plight of the Iraqi people themselves'.

Mr Hoon said in a speech in Kuwait that if the international community failed to act on the demands made in Resolution 1441, the community faces the consequences of Saddam being allowed to keep his hidden arsenal, and the authority of the UN would be undermined.

He said:

"The UN has been one of the cornerstones of world peace for half-a-century. It would be a victory for Saddam indeed if he were able to walk away from this situation maintaining his stockpile of weapons, with his grip on power in Iraq enhanced and having undermined the UN itself. That is unthinkable, not least in the message it would send to proliferators and other rogue states, and we should do all we can to ensure it never happens."

Following 9/11, there are no longer any doubts that terrorists would use WMD technology against innocent people if they could obtain it, said the Defence Secretary. He added:

"It is in the light of 9/11 that Saddam's hidden arsenal of chemical and biological weapons must be judged. Saddam has shown himself more than capable of using these weapons, but we know now that there are others who would be only too pleased to be given access to them."

He said that 'twelve long years' had passed since the international community, through the United Nations, demanded Saddam Hussein destroy his stockpile of chemical and biological weaponry. He added:

"In fact the UN gave the Iraqi dictator 15 days to comply all those years ago. We are still waiting."


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news