Britain Proposes Six Tests for Saddam
(CNSNews.com) - British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the international community Wednesday that Britain has been working "flat-out" in recent days for agreement on a second U.N. Security Council resolution; and to gain the widest possible consensus, Britain is proposing "six tests by which Iraqi compliance would be measured."
The negotiation process is now coming to a conclusion, Straw said, predicting things will be settled one way or another by the end of the week.
In outlining the six "tests" Britain is proposing, Straw called them "demanding, but eminently deliverable."
The six tests include the following:
- A televised statement in Arabic by Saddam Hussein, admitting that he has concealed weapons of mass destruction and will now disclose and destroy them.
- Saddam must make arrangements for at least 30 Iraqi scientists and their families leave Iraq for interviews with weapons inspectors.
- Saddam must surrender all unaccounted for anthrax, or document its destruction.
- He must complete the destruction of all al-Samoud missiles.
- Saddam must account for all unmanned aerial vehicles, including details of devices that could spray chemical and biological weapons.
- Iraq must surrender all mobile and biological production facilities.
"Now these tests are not traps," Shaw said, adding that each of the tests could be "met promptly if only Saddam Hussein were to make the strategic choice to cooperate with the United Nations."
Straw called the tests a measure of whether Saddam will at long last cooperate. The British foreign minister said this is the right approach, because it works in the best interests of the world as a whole.