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RACE AGAINST TIME



STOP PRESS: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY


Because of the Turkish parliaments vote, it is widely predicted that the war timetable has slipped back by at least a week to somewhere around 1 April.

But the Security Council is required by paragraph 7 of Resolution 1284 to agree, a work programme for the inspectors by 27 March.

This work programme is supposed to include a set of key disarmament tasks, defining clearly and precisely what Iraq has to do to satisfy the world that it has disarmed.

In other words, by 27 March the Security Council is supposed to START the process of verifiable disarmament. If this happens, it will be politically impossible for the US to go to war in the next few weeks, giving us a chance to derail the war completely.


IRAQ HAS NOT YET BEEN TESTED

The draft resolution put to the Security Council by the US and UK says only that Iraq has failed to take the final opportunity afforded to it by resolution 1441. How can Iraq 'fail' this test when the UN Security Council has not yet drawn up the examination paper, or presented it to those being tested, or set a deadline for the examination to be over?

The 'key disarmament tasks' are also 'key anti- war tasks' for the peace movement. We must press our MPs to champion the process set out in Resolution 1284 and to force the UK and US governments to allow the definition of the key disarmament tasks by 27 March.


WHAT THE BRITISH PEOPLE THINK

The advice proffered by a large majority of Britons to Mr Blair is thus clear. He should not continue to make active preparations for launching an early military assault on Iraq (32 per cent of British people). Rather, he should inform the Bush administration that he lacks the necessary public support for war in the UK, and the US will therefore either have to go it alone or else give the UN weapons inspectors more time to complete their work (63 per cent). (Telegraph, 19 Feb., p. 4)

1) Please phone/fax/email your MP/MSP/Member of the NAW.
2) Please circulate this information in the peace movement - click here for a more detailed briefing

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