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Tracking Number:  240480

Title:  UN inspectors found important new information on Iraqi ballistic weapons programs August 25. UN Report. (920825)

Title:  IAEA Director Hans Blix contradicted Iraq's claims that a top American IAEA inspector, David Kay, was fired because of his connections to the US intelligence community. UN Report. (920825)

Title:  Three months of negotiations on the unification of Cyprus has yielded some progress that could bring an overall agreement in October. UN Report. (920825)

Date:  19920825

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UNITED NATIONS REPORT, TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

(Iraqi weapons, Cyprus, IAEA) (950) IRAQI WEAPONS INSPECTORS FIND NEW DATA U.N. inspectors found "important new information" on Iraqi ballistic weapons programs, the United Nations confirmed August 25.

The Special Commission overseeing the destruction of Iraq's weapons said in a press statement that no evidence was found that Iraq had the indigenous capability to produce complete guidance and control systems for ballistic missiles, nor were any weapons or key components discovered.

"However, the team obtained important further information relating to: the scope and extent of Iraq's programs to acquire or produce prohibited ballistic missiles and components thereof," the commission said. "This included information concerning previously undisclosed projects for computer support and missile fuel production; the interrelationship between the various projects in the ballistic missiles program and the involvement of different Iraqi organizations in this program; (and) foreign involvement in certain aspects of the program."

Much of the information came from an inspection of a newly established Iraqi research and development facility at which all work on ballistic missiles with a range of less than 150 kilometers -- not prohibited under the cease-fire agreement -- will be undertaken in the future, it said.

"Much of the information obtained will be useful in assessing the full extent of Iraq's ballistic missile programs and in planning future inspections and the regime for ongoing monitoring and verification," the commission said. "The inspection of (the new facility) provided much information that will be of use in designing the ongoing monitoring and verification regime."

The 22-member team of experts from Australia, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States visited eight sites in Iraq August 7-18. The main purpose of the team was to investigate Iraq's ability to produce missile guidance and control systems on its own. Inspection techniques included document and computer searches and "joint helicopter/ground operations," the commission said. Nikita Smidovich of Russia was the chief inspector.

Iraq is required to make full and complete disclosures of the chemical, biological, nuclear and ballistic missile programs banned under the cease-fire resolution and submit to ongoing monitoring and verification to ensure that is does not re-acquire the banned weapons.

IAEA REFUTES IRAQI PROPAGANDA The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has contradicted Iraq's claims that a top American IAEA inspector was fired because of his connections with the U.S. intelligence community.

Hans Blix, IAEA director general, said in a letter to the Security Council that he "felt it his duty" to counter Iraq's claims that David Kay was "dismissed by IAEA in a dramatic manner."

Kay, a former IAEA staff member who participated in three agency inspections in Iraq, was one of the experts involved in a stand-off with Iraq in September 1991 when Iraqi officials tried to prevent the weapons inspectors from removing documents relating to Iraq's nuclear weapons program from a building in Baghdad.

"Mr. Kay was not dismissed by the agency," Blix said. "Mr. Kay left the agency on 15 January 1992 completely of his own accord to become secretary general of the Uranium Institute, a London-based association concerned with peaceful uses of nuclear energy -- a post which Mr. Kay had applied for well before September 1991, when his name attracted worldwide media attention in the Baghdad parking lot incident during the sixth IAEA inspection mission in Iraq."

Kay joined IAEA in June 1983 as head of the evaluation section of the department of technical cooperation and held the position without interruption until April 1991. At that time he was appointed deputy of the action team established by IAEA to seek out and destroy all aspects of Iraq's nuclear weapons program as called for by the Security Council at the end of the Gulf war.

"Weeks before his separation from the agency, Mr. Kay received the agency distinguished service award in recognition of his outstanding performance during the whole of his service with the agency as an international civil servant," Blix said.

CYPRUS TALKS COULD BRING AGREEMENT IN OCTOBER Three months of negotiations on the unification of Cyprus "has yielded some progress" that could bring an overall agreement in October, Secretary General Boutros-Ghali said August 25.

Reporting to the Security Council on the results of the month-long negotiation he conducted at U.N. headquarters between the two sides, the secretary general said that the framework "has now been sufficiently developed to enable the two sides to reach an overall agreement" provided that the suggestions on displaced persons and territorial adjustments "are properly addressed, and the two leaders manifest the necessary political will."

"The international community has the right to expect that the talks in October will result in such an agreement," he said.

"Since the continuation of the status quo is not a viable option, I believe that, should an agreement not emerge from the talks that will reconvene in October, it would be necessary for the Security Council to give serious consideration to alternative courses of action for resolving the Cyprus problem," Boutros-Ghali said. He noted that the intensive efforts between June and August could have produced a final agreement "had there been a greater degree of political will."

The secretary general conducted proximity talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas and President George Vassiliou of Cyprus July 15 -August 11. He said he had "some three dozen separate meetings with the two" for a total of some 40 hours. He then conducted four joint meetings August 12-14 for a total of eight hours.

Both sides accepted his suggestion for a "pause for reflection" and will reconvene at U.N. headquarters on October 26.

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File Identification:  08/25/92, POL209; 08/25/92, EPF215; 08/25/92, EUR204; 08/25/92, NEA205; 08/26/92, AEF314; 08/26/92, LDP303; 08/26/92, NAA309
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Languages:  Arabic
Keywords:  CYPRUS/Defense & Military; REUNIFICATION (TERRITORY); POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS; UNITED NATIONS-SECURITY COUNCIL; GHALI, BOUTROS
Thematic Codes:  1EU; 1UN
Target Areas:  EA; EU; NE; AF; AR
PDQ Text Link:  240480
USIA Notes:  *92082509.POL