Reuters News on Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Britain said on Wednesday Iraqi President Saddam Hussein must declare on television that he will give up hidden weapons of mass destruction as one of six conditions to avoid war. Foreign Office minister Mike O’Brien said the conditions, which Britain has said it wants to attach to a draft second resolution on Iraq, were being discussed with fellow U.N. Security Council members.
O’Brien told reporters Saddam must declare on television that he has hidden and will now give up weapons of mass destruction. He must allow 30 scientists and their families to fly to Cyprus for discussions with U.N. weapons inspectors.
The minister said the Iraqi government must give up its anthrax and other biological and chemical weapons and admit to having an unmanned drone aircraft which could spray chemical agents over a wide area.
He did not specify the remaining conditions. “We are in the process of discussions with other members on the terms that we are likely to get through (at the U.N.),” he said.
Some of the conditions:
# Iraq should allow 30 of its scientists to be interviewed outside the country with their families in tow;
# surrender stocks of anthrax and other biological and chemical agents or produce documents to demonstrate what happened to them;
# destroy banned missiles;
# account for unmanned aerial vehicles;
# promise to hand over all mobile bio-production laboratories for destruction.