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08 Dec 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) - Barring last minute obstacles, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is ready to give the go-ahead for the Iraqi oil-for-food plan on Monday, U.N. officials said.

"It will happen on Monday," said one senior envoy, in reference to a report Boutros-Ghali must give the Security Council certifying that the program was ready to be implemented.

04 Dec 1996 description

Press statement by Department of State Spokesman Nicholas Burns, Washington, DC, December 4, 1996.

At 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 4, the United States began the movement from Northern Iraq of
the local employees of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that either are based in the United States, or
funded by the United States Government, or both.

After crossing into Turkey the NGO employees and their family members will be flown to Guam on chartered

04 Dec 1996 description

(Refugees headed for Guam and political asylum) (250)

Washington -- The United States has begun evacuating local employees who worked for U.S.-affiliated non-governmental organizations in Northern Iraq.

29 Nov 1996 description

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuter) - Iraq said Thursday it hoped its acceptance this week of U.N. terms for an oil-for-food deal would persuade the U.S. administration to normalize ties with Baghdad.

26 Nov 1996 description

[This is a summary of current media reports. Their accuracy is solely the responsibility of the news sources cited. This is provided only as a service to the UN Secretariat and UN Agencies.]

25 Nov 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) - Iraq said Monday it had agreed to all U.N. conditions for carrying out a delayed "oil-for-food" deal and predicted oil could start flowing some time in December.

"All the aspects of the MOU (memorandum of understanding, or agreement) have been discussed and they have been agreed upon," Iraqi U.N. envoy Nizar Hamdoon said after a meeting with Undersecretary-General Chinmaya Gharekhan, who heads a U.N. task force overseeing the accord.

American U.N.

07 Nov 1996 description

The ICRC launched a relief operation on 2 November for over 3,000 internally displaced people in northern Iraq who have for several weeks been taking refuge in the Zaleh region, near the Iranian border. Delegates have distributed tents, blankets and cooking and hygiene items to people who fled the fighting in October 1996 between the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

04 Nov 1996 description

U.S. Department of State

Daily Press Briefing

Friday, November 1, 1996

Briefer: Nicholas Burns


(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

QUESTION: Nick, just a leftover from yesterday. You announced the other day that there was a seven point something million dollar

MR. BURNS: $7.3 million.

QUESTION: -- point three million dollars humanitarian aid program, and then a day later you announced that there was

01 Nov 1996 description

This report includes: A) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania B) Iraq C) Afghanistan D) Sri Lanka
From P. Ares, Chief, Programming Service. For information regarding resources, donors are requested to contact Mr. F. Strippoli or Mr. M. Crosthwaite, WFP Rome (Ph. 39 6 5228 2504 or 5228 2004). Transmission problems should be reported by fax to 39 6 5228 2837.

01 Nov 1996 description

(Sanctions must not be changed, Albright says) (1010)

United Nations -- Iraq has not fulfilled its obligations under cease-fire resolution 687 and has thus "provided no reason to consider modifications of the sanctions regime," U.S.

31 Oct 1996 description

U.S. Department of State

Daily Press Briefing

Thursday, October 31, l996

Briefer: Nicholas Burns

DPB #177


(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

The last thing I want to state before going to questions is just to tell you that Bob Pelletreau, our Assistant Secretary of State,

31 Oct 1996 description

(Faction stand-down brokered at Ankara meeting) (1070)

Ankara -- After two days of consultations, the United States, the United Kingdom and Turkey have persuaded feuding Kurdish factions in Northern Iraq to agree that a special peacekeeping force should monitor and enforce the current ceasefire between the two parties.

According to an October 31 statement issued by participants in the Ankara meeting, the "neutral" peacekeeping force will consist of an "appropriately sized contingent of Turkoman, and other neutral Kurdish and Assyrian parties from northern Iraq as …

30 Oct 1996 description

U.S. Department of State

Daily Press Briefing

Wednesday, October 30, l996

Briefer: Nicholas Burns

DPB #176

30 Oct 1996 description

ANKARA, Turkey (Reuter) - Rival Iraqi Kurdish militias Wednesday started a fresh search to bring peace to northern Iraq and forge a U.S.-backed united front against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

A senior U.S. diplomat is overseeing the talks between representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) as part of U.S. plans to stop Saddam spreading his influence over the region again.

"We are here to help in consolidating the cease-fire and working to re-stabilize the situation in northern Iraq," U.S. mediator

28 Oct 1996 description

As Emergency Relief Coordinator, I am gravely concerned over the serious and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Iraq. Since the launching on 27 September 1996 of the interim UN Humanitarian Programme for Iraq, the humanitarian situation has continued to erode dramatically. The urgent and basic needs of the Iraqi population, and particularly vulnerable groups throughout the country, must be addressed now. To date, only US$ 1.6 million of the total requirements of US$ 39.9 million for the period until the end of the year have been received.

28 Oct 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) - U.N. aid agencies on Monday expressed alarm at the lack of food, medicine and clean water in Iraq, saying only 4 percent of the funds they asked for had been donated by the international community.

Carol Bellamy, the director of UNICEF, the U.N. Children's Fund, said 4,500 children under five years of age were dying each month from hunger and disease and some "modest financing" at minimum was needed.

UNICEF officials later clarified that this figure was given by the Iraqi government but nevertheless was an indication of the

28 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/28/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-205237
TITLE=IRAQ AID APPEAL (L ONLY)
BYLINE=ELAINE JOHANSON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS MONDAY URGENTLY APPEALED FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR IRAQ, CITING AN ALMOST UNIVERSAL FAILURE BY GOVERNMENTS TO RESPOND TO PREVIOUS REQUESTS. IRAQ HAS BEEN UNDER STRICT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS SINCE ITS 1990 INVASION OF KUWAIT, INCLUDING A BAN ON THE EXPORT OF ITS OIL. VOA CORRESPONDENT ELAINE JOHANSON REPORTS:

25 Oct 1996 description

This report includes: A) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania B) Liberia and Sierra Leone C) Iraq D) Afghanistan

25 Oct 1996 description

DEGALA, Iraq (Reuter) - A U.S.-brokered cease-fire took hold throughout northern Iraq Friday, a day after clashes between Kurdish factions had marred the truce, Iraqi Kurdish officials said.

"There were some clashes until about nine o'clock last night but the cease-fire is now fully in position," Kurdistan Democratic
Party (KDP) commander Roj Nuri Shuwayis told Reuters in the frontline town of Degala.

There were no reports of fighting from the rest of the mountainous region. The KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan