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Anders Fogh Rasmussen
on behalf of the European Union to the 57th session of the General Assembly
(...) In the Middle East, Iraq remains a major source of concern with regard to weapons of mass destruction as president Bush emphasized in his important statement this morning. Iraq must grant unconditional and unimpeded access for the weapon inspectors to Iraq and the required cooperation from her authorities to the inspectors. Iraq is in breach of several resolutions of the Security Council on her disarmament obligations – these obligations must be complied with immediately. The European Union is determined to support further efforts of the United Nations to that end. We agree withthe United States that this matter should urgently be dealt with by the Security Council.
We agree with the Secretary General that if Iraq’s defiance continues, the Security Council must face its responsibilities. (...)