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I. STATE DEP'T LETTER TO SEN. JESSE HELMS, OCT 14 II. STATE DEP'T MEMORANDUM ON ILA DRAWDOWN, OCT 14 I. STATE DEP'T LETTER TO SEN. JESSE HELMS United States Department of State Washington, D.C. 20520 October 14, 1999 Dear Mr. Chairman: Pursuant to Section 4 (d) of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (P. L. 105 – 338) (“the Act”), I wish to inform you that the President intends to exercise his authority under section (4 “a” 2) of that Act to direct the drawdown of up to $5 million of defense articles from the stocks of the Department of Defense, and military education and training, to provide military assistance to the Iraqi National Congress. As described in the attached Memorandum of Justification, this initial drawdown will consist of up to $3 million in military education and training and up to $2 million in non-lethal defense articles and services including items needed by the INC to establish its organizational headquarters and communications base in London. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance on this or any other mater. Sincerely, Barbara Larkin Assistant Secretary Legislative Affairs The Honorable Jesse Helms, Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate. II. STATE DEP'T MEMORANDUM ON ILA DRAWDOWN MEMORANDUM OF JUSTIFICATION FOR A DRAWDOWN UNDER THE IRAQ LIBERATION ACT OF 1998 TO SUPPORT THE IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS In November 1998, President Clinton announced that the United States would contain Saddam Hussein while seeking a new regime to govern in Baghdad. The President committed the United States to support those Iraqis--inside and outside Iraq--who seek a new government and a better future for all the people of Iraq. The Administration's policy rests on three pillars. First, the U.S. will contain Saddam Hussein as long as he remains in power in order to reduce the threat he poses both to Iraq's neighbors and to the Iraqi people. Second, the U.S. will seek to alleviate the humanitarian cost to the Iraqi people of his refusal to comply with UNSC resolutions. Finally, the U.S. will work with forces inside and outside Iraq, as well as Iraq's neighbors to change the regime in Iraq and help its new government rejoin the community of nations. Since then, the Administration has increased contacts with elements of the Iraqi opposition to determine what role these groups who share our goals of effecting regime change in Baghdad could play. An adjunct objective has been to identify groups that could assist in the transition of post-Saddam Iraq toward a democratic form of government. In accordance with the Iraq Liberation act, the President, in Presidential Determination No. 99-13, dated February 4, 1999, determined that the Iraqi National Congress meets the criteria set forth in section 5 (c) of the Act and designated it as one of the Iraqi democratic opposition organizations eligible to receive select U.S. assistance under the Act. In May 1999, members of the INC met in Washington to begin outlining logistical and training requirements. We believe it important to support the INC in setting up offices to provide an administrative base in London, UK, and possibly elsewhere. We also seek to provide U.S. military training courses such as logistics and broadcasting, and other related subjects, which will be of value in preparing for Iraq's democratic transition to a post-Saddam democratic regime. Training could be available as early as November 1999. These articles and services will assist the INC in, among other things, establishing a viable headquarters to better coordinate opposition efforts and to begin training for a democratic transition in Iraq.