Issue No. 23, February 1998
Iraq-UN Memorandum of Understanding
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United Nations and
the Republic of Iraq on the UN-Iraq Accord on Weapons Inspections,
23 February 1998
"1. The government of Iraq reconfirms its acceptance of all
relevant resolutions of the Security Council, including resolutions
687 (1991) and 715 (1991). The government of Iraq further
reiterates its undertaking to cooperate fully with the United
Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA).
2. The United Nations reiterates the commitment of all member
States to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of
3. The government of Iraq undertakes to accord to UNSCOM and
IAEA immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access in conformity
with the resolutions referred to in paragraph 1. In the performance
of its mandate under the Security Council resolutions, UNSCOM
undertakes to respect the legitimate concerns of Iraq relating to
national security, sovereignty and dignity.
4. The United Nations and the government of Iraq agree that the
following special procedures shall apply to the initial and
subsequent entries for the performance of the tasks mandated at the
eight presidential sites in Iraq as defined in the annex to the
a) A special group shall be established for this purpose by the
Secretary General in consultation with the executive chairman of
UNSCOM and the director general of IAEA. This group shall comprise
senior diplomats appointed by the Secretary General and experts
drawn from UNSCOM and IAEA. The group shall be headed by a
commissioner appointed by the Secretary General.
b) In carrying out its work, the special group shall operate
under the established procedures of UNSCOM and IAEA, and specific
detailed procedures which will be developed given the special
nature of the presidential sites, in accordance with the relevant
resolutions of the Security Council.
c) The report of the special group on its activities and
findings shall be submitted by the executive chairman of UNSCOM to
the Security Council through the Secretary General.
5. The United Nations and the government of Iraq further agree
that all other areas, facilities, equipment, records and means of
transportation shall be subject to UNSCOM procedures hitherto
6. Noting the progress achieved by UNSCOM in various disarmament
areas and the need to intensify efforts in order to complete its
mandate, the United Nations and the government of Iraq agree to
improve cooperation and efficiency, effectiveness and transparency
of work so as to enable UNSCOM to report to the council
expeditiously under paragraph 22 of resolution 687 (1991). To
achieve this goal, the government of Iraq and UNSCOM will implement
the recommendations directed at them as contained in the report of
the emergency session of UNSCOM held on Nov. 21, 1997.
7. The lifting of sanctions is obviously of paramount importance
to the people and government of Iraq, and the Secretary General
undertook to bring this matter to the full attention of the members
of the Security Council.
Signed this 23rd day of February, 1998 in Baghdad in two
originals in English.
For the United Nations
Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General
For the Republic of Iraq
Tariq Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister
Annex to the Memorandum of Understanding between the United
Nations and the Republic of Iraq of Feb. 23, 1998
The eight presidential sites subject to the regime agreed upon
in the present Memorandum of Understanding are the following:
1. The Republican Palace Presidential Site (Baghdad)
2. Radwaniyah Presidential Site (Baghdad)
3. Sijood Presidential Site (Baghdad)
4. Tikrit Presidential Site
5. Tharthar Presidential Site
6. Jabal Makhul Presidential Site
7. Mosul Presidential Site
8. Basrah Presidential Site
The perimeter of the area of each site is recorded in the survey
of the 'presidential sites' in Iraq implemented by the United
Nations Technical Mission designated by the Secretary General, as
attached to the letter dated Feb. 21, 1998, addressed by the
Secretary General to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq."
Text - MOU between the UN and Iraq on Inspections, United
States Information Service, 24 February.
© 1998 The Acronym Institute.
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