17 Dec. 1998

Statement by the Secretary General of NATO, Dr. Javier Solana, on Iraq

Despite all the efforts by the United Nations over several months, diplomacy has not been successful in persuading Iraq to comply with the demands of the international community. Saddam Hussein has continued to violate the UN Security Council Resolutions and has broken his commitments to resume his co-operation with UNSCOM. He alone is responsible for the grave situation and for the consequences that his defiance of the will of the international community has entailed. Iraq must co-operate with the United Nations and take immediate and concrete steps to comply fully with all its obligations.

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