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Even eight years after the adoption of Resolution 687 UNSCOM is by no means ready to report that it has a complete picture of Iraq's capacity regarding missiles, chemical weapons, and biological weapons -- let alone has neutralised it.
But UNSCOM said it was being obstructed in its efforts to pinpoint the key weapons sites.
The Iraqi authorities began to obstruct UNSCOM in earnest after the full extent of the weapons programme was uncovered in 1996 and early 1997.
A big mistake, such as forcible termination of the UNSCOM inspection regime or a military threat to Kuwait, could produce a decisive military confrontation with the West which could change the scenario.
His interviewers were: Rolf Ekeus, the former executive chairman of Unscom (from 1991 to 1997); Professor Maurizio Zifferero, deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and head of the inspections team in Iraq; plus Nikita Smidovich, a Russian diplomat who led Unscom's ballistic missile team.
These distinctions bear directly upon the subsequent analysis of UNSCOM and UNMOVIC behavior from 1991 to 2003 presented in Part IV of this paper.
This time there were no international mediators, only the demand that Baghdad unconditionally resume cooperation with UNSCOM. Nonetheless, the results were essentially the same.
This process has now taken eight years, without inspectors from UNSCOM (the United Nation's special commission for disarming Iraq) inspectors reaching the point where they know how many of these weapons are left or where they are stored.
Charles Duelfer, the deputy chairman of the UN Special Commission - or UNSCOM - said that the Security Council's resolutions on disarming Iraq "have not changed".
UNSCOM chief Charles Duelfer stated: "We are prepared to carry on our duties."
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