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Letter: Humiliating Iraq

Sir: Robin Cook has said that the actions of the Iraqi government to "thwart" the work of the UN Special Commission on Iraq (Unscom) were in "direct contravention of the memorandum of understanding agreed between UN secretary general Kofi Annan and Iraq's Tariq Aziz in February 1998". Mr Cook's view may or may not be appropriate. However, I challenge the Foreign Secretary to reveal the part of the UN charter which allows for the imposition of genocidal sanctions on an innocent population.

Mr Cook should put words into deeds regarding an ethical foreign policy and heed the opinion of the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Iraq, Denis Halliday, who believes that sanctions have been causing untold suffering to 23 million Iraqis and should be ended and that humanitarian aid was "only band-aid stuff".


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