IK/155 SC/5738 8 November 1993 SPECIAL COMMISSION COMPLETES LARGEST, MOST COMPLEX INSPECTION OF IRAQ Twenty-Eight Locations Visited from 30 September to 27 October The following was issued today by the Special Commission set up under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) in connection with the disposal of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction: Nikita Smidovich, Chief Inspector for the Special Commission, returned to New York this weekend after leading the largest and most complex inspection yet conducted in Iraq in search of banned weapons. The inspection team, numbered UNSCOM 63, searched for evidence of hidden weapons, primarily ballistic missiles and chemical weapons, banned under the terms of the cease-fire resolution 687 (1991). The team's task was to investigate information made available to the Special Commission concerning possible caches of banned weapons and to verify Iraqi declarations on certain relevant activities. Inspection activities were conducted over the period 30 September to 27 October 1993 and 28 locations were visited. Those sites were concentrated in central, northern and western Iraq. The team was comprised of 85 inspectors from 9 countries. To enhance the efficacy of the inspection, the team utilized new technologies and methodologies. New equipment included ground penetrating radar, mounted on specially adapted helicopters, to survey sites for underground cavities or concealed items. All potential areas of interest identified by the radar were immediately examined in detail by pre-positioned teams on the ground. The UNSCOM 63 also employed helicopter-mounted, forward-looking infrared radar to assist in the securing of sites to be inspected overnight. This was the first time UNSCOM has used night aerial surveillance. The effective use of these new sensors required the introduction of innovative inspection techniques and closely coordinated ground and air assets. During the course of the inspection, no items prohibited under the terms of section C of resolution 687 (1991) were found. .