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    Can you believe this!

    I can see the conference offerings...

    Hide your SCUDS the easy way......

    Tunneling for beginners......

    Why not hide weapons among playground equipment...

    Perhaps Hans Blix can attend and learn a thing or two.

    Iraq to chair Conference on Disarmament
    U.N.-related body's rotating presidency falls to Baghdad this spring

    Posted: January 27, 2003
    10:18 p.m. Eastern

    By Art Moore

    Later this year, the U.N.-established Conference on Disarmament will seat a new president: Iraq.

    The nation under scrutiny by the world body for weapons of mass destruction will have control for nearly four weeks of the agenda of a committee established in 1979 as "the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community."

    The conference was formed as a result of the United Nations General Assembly's first Special Session on Disarmament, held in 1978.

    U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq, at first, was unaware that Iraq's turn was coming up. After further inquiry, however, he found that Baghdad will serve as chair, beginning at the end of May, according to a rotating schedule of the 75 member nations done in alphabetical order.

    Haq said the role of conference presidency is a matter of "organizing the work and setting the agenda."

    Does Iraq's defiance of U.N. disarmament resolutions damage the group's credibility?

    "All the members at some point sit briefly as the chair of its work," Haq replied. "And that includes countries that are party to disarmament treaties and those that aren't."

    The chair holds the position for half of each session. There are three sessions scheduled for this year. India and Indonesia each have a turn at the presidency during the current session, which runs from Jan. 21 through March 20.

    Iran and Iraq are slated for the top spot during the May 12-June 27 session, and Ireland and Israel are scheduled for the final July 20-Sept. 10 meetings.

    According to the conference's rules of procedure, the president, in addition to the "normal functions of a presiding officer," shall "in full consultation with the conference and under its authority, represent it in its relations with states, with the General Assembly and other organs of the United Nations and with other international organizations."

    The rules say that when the conference is not in session, the functions of the president are carried out by the representative of the member state that presided over the previous meeting. That means Iraq will carry on its role from the end of May until July 20.

    Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

    Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

    Ah, c'mon. I'd believe was owned by the US goverment before I believed this story.


      umm. What would be funnier still is a disarmament conference anywhere in the US...particularly subsequent to the US admin.'s adamant rejection of the ABM treaty.

      (This is meant to be a funny thread, so no one get mad at me please).


        sheesh Nadia..quit creating a scene, all of these disputes could be solved in the international court of justice. after all it is a UN agency, its rules apply to all.
        The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.


          Re: Iraq to chair conference on disarmament....Really!

          Originally posted by Ohioguy:
          After further inquiry, however, he found that Baghdad will serve as chair, beginning at the end of May
          Lets hope there is an Iraq by that time to take over the chair of this committee. By the looks of it, this will need a minor miracle. The 51st state will go under alphabet "U".
          "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.


            Actually, the timing couldn't be better. This will give the post-Saddam Iraqi government a chance to make a wonderful first impression.
            "I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette. " --Rodney Dangerfield


              Yes, depending on the speed with which we annex Iraq, it could be a presentation by our 51st state!
              Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

              Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!


                It's true enough, they announced it on CNN just a lil while ago. What's so wrong with that? It was scheduled in rotation with all other member nations anyway.


                  Ana: That shows the idiocy of the UN. A while back they had Syria, Libiya and Pakistan on the Human Rights Council or Something but they didn't elect the US. LOL!


                    Lol CH, yep they should of had the US as a member of the Human Rights Council especially after their support for draconian sanctions on Iraq which have led to thousands of civilian deaths, especially after the imprisonment of hundreds of people without trial in Guatamano bay, without any legal representation, without any means of contacting the outside world, also they are shackled and blind folded almost 24 hours a day. Not forgetting some of their foreign policies which support totalitarian occupations of other peoples lands.. does Israel ring a bell !


                      Well, lets face it. US was kicked out of HRC for not paying its dues and not for some high and mighty moral principles. As long as you pay up, even if you are Iraq, u can chair the committees. If you don't pay up, out you go!

                      Its actually very simple.
                      "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.


                        Iraq to chair Disarmament Conference

                        Yup, thats right. Iraq is going to chair the Disarmament Conference which is coming up in May. IRONIC ISNT IT?

                        Source : CNN Asia
                        Iraq to chair U.N. disarmament conference
                        From Richard Roth
                        CNN New York Bureau
                        Wednesday, January 29, 2003 Posted: 7:49 PM HKT (1149 GMT)

                        UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Iraq will chair the United Nations' most important disarmament negotiating forum during the panel's May session.

                        At the rules-minded United Nations, it's not a country's status with international weapons inspectors, but the letters in its name that determine which member state chairs the Conference on Disarmament.

                        "The irony is overwhelming," a U.S. diplomat said.

                        Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Monday delivered their 60-day report on the status of weapons inspections in Iraq. It was a less-than-glowing summary, with both men saying Baghdad is not cooperating with inspectors and is not being forthcoming on disclosing information about its weapons programs.

                        Iraq will take its turn as the head of the conference, a U.N. spokesman said, because of a "purely automatic rotation by alphabetical order."

                        Therefore, joining Iraq as co-chair for the session in Geneva, Switzerland, will be Iran.

                        The conference chair helps organize the work of the conference and assists in setting the agenda.

                        The May 12-June 27 conference will be the 25th anniversary session since the conference was established in 1979 after a special U.N. General Assembly session.

                        The conference is made up of 66 countries who have been divided in recent years on several issues, including the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

                        The conference and its predecessors have negotiated such major multilateral arms limitation and disarmament agreements as:

                        Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

                        Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques

                        Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction

                        Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction

                        Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty


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                          "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.


                            DANG . Delete please