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Arab Leagues submits 10 new names to join Iraq inspectors

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

CAIRO The Arab League has submitted 10 additional candidates for inspectors of Iraq's nonconventional weapons programs.

The IAEA and the UN have been pressed to allow additional Arab nationals as inspectors as part of an effort to ensure that Iraq is being treated fairly. The two international organizations have said they will consider any candidates on the basis of their expertise.

An Arab League official said seven of the 10 names submitted were Algerian and Lebanese nationals, Middle East Newsline reported. He did not elaborate.

The Arab League relayed the names of 10 Arab nationals to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission to serve as inspectors in Iraq. The nationals are said to be experts in nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

The Arab League has urged Iraq to fulfill UN Security Council resolutions in an effort to avoid any U.S.-led war against Iraq. The league has also appealed to Baghdad to resolve the issue of those missing from Kuwait since the 1990 Iraqi occupation.

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