UN Resolution 1483
UN Resolution 1483 (N0336853.pdf) went fairly smoothly, don't you
The lifting of sanctions was of course welcomed by the Campaign Against
Sanctions on Iraq.
An uplifting assessment is given in the US Department of State Fact Sheet on UNSCR
of some world reaction
appeared in Saturday's Guardian. And here's a
courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Personally I think it's wonderful that the vertiginous legal discontinuity
between it and Resolution 1441 has disappeared into the twilight zone
of Realpolitik. (Or perhaps it slipped through a crack. The law is an
I also think it's great they came up with a really cool name for what
the US/UK are: the
Much better than that boring old "Occupying Power" phrase used in the
Geneva Convention (though Zak Martin's "U SUK" beats them all).
For those who might be interested, here's some
links to references in Resolution 1483:
Resolutions: CASI gives a full list (up to 28 March 2003) of
UN Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq. The resolutions
explicitly mentioned in 1483 are 661
(sanctions), 687 (the
christmas tree), 778
N0072018.pdf (Women's rights - not on CASI list), 1441
N0268226.pdf (the famous one), 1472
(Oil-for-Food), and 1476
N0333369.pdf (Oil-for-Food - not on CASI list).
Chapter VII of the
Charter of the United Nations.
Conventions of 1949 and The Hague Regulations of 1907 are available at the
Avalon Project at Yale Law School site.
15 April 2003 Nasiriyah statement.
The "28 April 2003 Baghdad statement" is the most interesting one (to
me anyway) so I'll leave it till last.
The statement of 12 April 2003 by the Ministers of Finance and Central
Governors of the Group of Seven Industrialized Nations.
The Paris Club.
The Twilight Zone.
Finally, the so-called "28 April 2003 Baghdad statement". Where is
this noble document?
It's very difficult to locate on the web. There's some nice pictures
from the conference
US Department of State site. There's a report in the 2 May
2003 Issue of the Iraq Report
by those nice folks at RFE/RL.
But any other searches I do keep turning up variations of press feed
reports, such as this
Try as I might, I can't find the "Baghdad statement" (strange, it was
easy to find the Nasiriyah one).
Obviously I'm being silly, but it couldn't be that (referring to this
Associated Press report by Ellen Knickmeyer) the
"10-part resolution" ... "appeared to be adopted by consensus at the
end of a
boisterous final evening session. Only about a quarter of those present
bothered to raise their hands in approval. The rest slung jackets over
shoulders to go or shouted out other demands - such as asking the American
forces to disarm the Iraqi citizenry" - it couldn't be that no final
resolution was agreed and written down and stuck in a folder called
"Baghdad Statement (file under Truly Historic World-Class Documents)",
could it? Nah.
You are being silly, Gabby. Not after it's been given a such
prominent place in such a truly historic world-class
document like wot a UN resolution is, drafted by some of the best
brains that "U SUK" can buy.
Of course it exists. Just like the
Created By: Gabby Savage