Diplomacy, deadlines and coming meetings on Iraq

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - The United States said it was gaining support in the U.N. Security Council for a resolution against Iraq.

Following are key dates in the diplomatic process over the Iraq crisis:


The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) holds an emergency summit in Doha to discuss the Iraqi crisis.

Pope John Paul has called for a special day of peace and prayer on Ash Wednesday to appeal to all sides to try to resolve the crisis peacefully.

British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon testifies on strategic defence review.


A 10-member delegation of Thai senators and human rights activists visits Baghdad on a nine-day fact-finding mission as guests of the Iraqi government.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw visits New York for bilateral meetings ahead of a report by chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix to the United Nations on Friday.


The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Blix report on Iraq to the U.N. Security Council in a session expected to be attended by foreign ministers.

Only after this session is a vote expected on a second resolution, sponsored by Britain, the United States and Spain, saying Iraq has missed its last chance to disarm peacefully.


The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begins a four-day conference on improving the security of radioactive sources to prevent them falling into "terrorist" hands. The event is co-sponsored by the United States and Russia. IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is to give the keynote speech.


The Governing Council of the U.N. reparations body for the 1991 Gulf war, the U.N. Compensation Commission, opens a three-day session to consider damages claims filed by individuals, companies and states against Iraq.

Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meets in Vienna to discuss output flexibility with six rival exporting nations next week as part of contingency planning in the event of a halt in Iraqi supplies.

OPEC ministers will meet representatives from Russia, Norway, Mexico, Oman, Syria and Egypt in the morning, ahead of a formal OPEC meeting.


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