Blix reporting now

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2829213.stm

    "Iraqis co-operating"

    Bush says "No they ain't" yadda x 3

    Mr ElBaradei said his team intended to continue inspections, using rights granted by Resolution 1441, and all relevant technology, such as aerial reconnaissance. He hoped that Iraq would continue to expand its co-operation, so that the inspectors could inform the Security Council.

    Mr ElBaradei says after three months of intrusive inspections, there was no evidence of a revival of a nuclear program in Iraq.

    Mr ElBaradei said inspections were moving forward, and had made important progress. At this stage, he said, there was no evidence of resumed nuclear activities in buildings reconstructed since 1988, and there was no evidence that Iraq had tried to import uranium since 1990.

    Mr ElBaradei said Iraqi attempts to procure some materials had breached UN sanctions, and a team of IAEA inspectors was now in Baghdad investigating this.

    The IAEA has concluded that allegations that Iraq has tried to buy uranium from Niger appeared to be unfounded.

    On the subject of magnets - also suspected of use in a nuclear programme - Mr ElBaradei said experts had verified that none could be used directly to produce nuclear material.

    The IAEA has concluded that the efforts to buy aluminium tubes were not likely to be related to attempts to manufacture gas centrifuges for enriching uranium. But it will continue investigate the issue.

    Mr ElBaradei said he had investigated Iraqi attempts to buy high-quality aluminium tubes. No evidence had been found that the Iraqis had tried to use these for other purposes than the stated one - for engineering rockets. The process was "well documented”.

    Dr ElBaradei said his nuclear inspectors had conducted interviews with individuals and groups, both prearranged and during unnanounced inspections. At first, Iraqi interviewees had insisted on keeping tapes of their interviews, but recently, they had been agreeing to unescorted and unrecorded interviews. But Dr ElBaradei said it would be best to hold such interviews outside Iraq.

    Mr ElBaradei said technical support for the nuclear inspections has continued, and interviews have continued with relevant Iraqi personnel.

    Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA, said 218 nuclear inspections have been conducted - including inspections at 21 sites which had not been inspected before.

    Mr Blix welcomed Iraq's accelerated co-operation in the past month, but said a "sober judgment" had to be made to assess its value.

    Dr Blix said that while Iraqi co-operation should be immediate, disarmament and the verification of it would take some time. He said it would take months, rather than weeks, or days.

    Mr Blix said Iraq had carried out a substantial measure of disarmament.

    Some of Iraq's co-operation can bee seen as active or even proactive, but these moves have not been immediate and do not cover all areas of relevance. But they are welcome.

    Dr Blix said he has concluded that, after a period of somewhat reluctant Iraqi co-operation, the level of co-operation had improved. But he said the important thing was how many questions the inspection process was answering.

    Mr Blix said more paperwork on anthrax have recently been provided by Iraq. Mr Blix said there is an significant effort by Iraq underway to supply information on biological weapons destroyed in 1991.

    Iraq has accepted order to destroy missiles and has started destruction. The destruction is a "substantial measure of disarmament", the first the 1990s. "We are not watching the breaking of toothpicks – lethal weapons are being destroyed," but no destruction work has continued today Mr Blix said he hoped this was a temporary break.

    Dr Blix said Iraq had tried to persuade the inspectors that its al-Sumoud missiles had a range within the permissible limit. The inspectors had disagreed, and Iraq had now begun destroying the missiles. But he said there had been no destruction work today, and he hoped that was a temporary halt to the process.

    Mr Blix said he would rather have better information on sites than double the number of inspectors.

    Dr Blix said it was proving difficult to interview individuals about the weapons programme without a risk of undue pressure on them from the Iraqi authorities. Nevertheless, he said the interviews were useful.

    Dr Blix said that Iraq, with a highly-developed administrative system, should be able to provide more documentary evidence about its weapons programme. He was disappointed by the amount of documents produced.

    Inspections are not free from friction, but inspectors are able to perform professional no-notice inspections and increase surveillance.

    Mr Blix says in matters related to process the inspectors have faced few difficulties. This may be due to strong outside pressure, he says.
     
  2. I think the way the momentum is right now Lipstik, it means going into action on or before 17th March.

    But I throw it open to debate :)
     
  3. It still worries me that the lads out there will come back to a less than welcome reception. Some people talk about the levels of animosity seen in Vietnam, I on the other hand think that is a real exageration.

    But then again, I don't think that the British public are anywhere near as supportive of the men as they should be. Men who are out there in shit conditions, doing a horrible job (because I firmly believe that being a soldier is as much a vocation as a teacher or nurse,) and being taken for granted by the public until the next time they need water putting on a fire somewhere, or the post being delivered in the snow.

    The other thing that Jo Bloggs doesn't seem to be able to fathom when talking about this prolonged (well it's starting to feel like that now) sand bath is: just beacuse your husband is in...................it doesn't mean that they have the right to give you their opinion on the wrongs of the possible GW2. Opinions are like ********* - everyone has got one. But they really shouldn't share them with people like us, becuase with every on the hour news, ring of the phone and knock at the door we are waiting for our lives to change. Meanwhile how is Jo Bloggs being effected; oh, yes, their petrol is a bit pricier and there is more politics on the telly.

    There are more fire side critics who read the tabloid press and are extremely uneducated in the basics of crisis than probably ever before in modern politics. What none of them seem to realise is that if  the gobshites on that large red PEACE BUS had to leave Iraq for their own safety (DUE TO GOVERNMENT PRESSURE) what in buggerance hope do the rest of us have?

    And when you say goodbye to your husband (for the 6th time) and hear him jingle out the door with his NBC tablets, you can't help but wonder -"Why didn't those millions who marched that day club together and get a return ticket to go and talk some sense to Maddas Hussein? Oh that's right, because they're worried they may not get back in one piece and they will miss their children growing up, being born and family life. Well Join the club............

    Respect is something you earn. Something British soldiers have worked hard for and fire side critics - well, what do you think?

    Ignorance can be bliss, but to those of us who aren't ignorant, it's frickin irritating.