4 Mar. 1998

Statement by the Secretary General of NATO on Iraq

The North Atlantic Council today discussed the situation in Iraq.

The unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 1154 was welcomed.

Strong support was expressed for the UN Security Council insistence on compliance by Iraq with its obligations under the Memorandum of Understanding and UNSCR 1154, and all other relevant UNSCRs, including the provision of immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access to the Special Commission and the IAEA. As UNSCR 1154 notes, any violation by Iraq of its obligations would have severest consequences. At the same time, compliance by Iraq with its obligations would allow the Security Council to act in accordance with the relevant provisions of UNSCR 687 in the lifting of sanctions.

Particular importance is attached to the respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Iraq, Kuwait and the neighbouring states. Stability in the Gulf region is important to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area.

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