U.N. Rebuffs America On Iraq Sanctions
The United States lost its battle to impose new sanctions on Iraq on Wednesday and settled for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would keep only a strong threat of added restrictions.
Opposed by France, Russia, China, Egypt and Kenya, the United States and Britain had to draw back from two proposals: a plan to impose an immediate international travel ban on senior Iraqi military and intelligence officials, and an alternative proposal to put the ban into effect automatically in six months if Iraq continues to obstruct efforts to destroy its major weapons systems.
Instead, a day of negotiating among Security Council members produced a resolution, which may be adopted today, that expresses the Security Council’s “firm intention” to order the travel ban in April if Iraq does not meet its obligations.
The resolution also condemns Iraq for barring access to weapons sites, endangering the lives of inspectors and removing or destroying documents.