Annan discusses Iraq with Security Council's permanent members
24 September – The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, discussed Iraq with the permanent members of the
Security Council yesterday and today, according to a UN spokesman.
Responding to questions from the press, spokesman Fred Eckhard said Council members were discussing possible action on
Iraq. The decisions on that country would have an impact on the Middle East as a whole, he added.
Asked about Mr. Annan's participation, the spokesman stressed that the Secretary-General did not want to interfere in
the deliberations, and was not involved in the drafting of any resolution, although he did work closely with the Council
and had been urging it to maintain unity.
"He is staying in touch with the parties, but he is not getting involved with the drafting," Mr. Eckhard said, adding,
"to my knowledge, there isn't a draft."
To a question on who would attend the talks in Vienna next week between the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection
Commission (UNMOVIC) and the Iraqi Government on practical arrangements for inspections, the spokesman said that the
Commission's Executive Chairman, Hans Blix, would head the UN side and would be accompanied by senior directors. Experts
from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would also be present. The composition of the Iraqi side
has not yet been announced.