Findings of US Team Confirms UN Analysis of Iraq's Weapons Programme
York -- (UNNC) December 3 2004 -- The United Nations commission that was in charge
of disarming Iraq of weapons of mass destruction says the conclusions of a CIA
report largely confirm the analysis reached by its own inspectors.
report to the Security Council by the UN Monitoring, Verification and
Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) includes an initial analysis of the findings
of the Iraq Survey Group, led by Charles Duelfer, on Iraq's chemical,
biological and missile weapons programmes.
UNMOVIC does state, however, it had
been unaware of some of Iraq's procurement efforts after 1998 which are
highlighted in the Duelfer report.
Mr. Duelfer (himself a former UN weapons inspector), the Special Adviser to
the United States Director of Central Intelligence for Iraq's Weapons of Mass
Destruction, and his team shared their findings with UNMOVIC during a meeting
on 8 October in New York.
UNMOVIC also notes in its report that the Governments of Jordan and the
Netherlands have destroyed, under UN supervision, the Iraqi missile engines
which had been found in scrap yards in those countries.
The UN inspectors also note the deterioration of two weapons sites inside
Iraq: The Muthanna State Establishment, Iraq's prime chemical weapons facility,
and Al Qaa Qaa State Establishment, one of the country's major weapons-related