The following is a joint statement issued in English by Iraq and the United Nations after two days of talks in Baghdad between chief U.N. weapons inspectors and an Iraqi delegation:
The meeting between the Iraq side and UNMOVIC and the IAEA was devoted to stocktaking of the inspections which have taken place and resolving issues that have come up. The following was noted:
1. Access has been obtained to all sites. This will continue. The Iraqi side will encourage persons to accept access also to private sites.
2. There has been helpful assistance in the logistic buildup of the inspection infrastructure organizations; example the Mosul office. This will continue — example regarding a field office in Basra.
3. After the find of some empty 122 millimeter chemical munitions at Al Ukhaider stores, the Iraqi side has appointed a team to undertake an investigation and comprehensive search to look for similar cases at all locations. One find of four more units was already reported at the Al Taji munitions stores. The final result will be reported.
4. A response was given to an UNMOVIC request for a number of documents. Some were handed over and clarifications were given regarding others.
5. The list of persons engaged in the various disciplines will be supplemented in accordance with advice from UNMOVIC and the IAEA.
6. The declaration given on 7 December by Iraq was discussed. Iraq expressed a readiness to respond to questions raised in connection with the declaration and discuss such questions.
7. Persons asked for interviews in private will be encouraged to accept this.
8. UNMOVIC and the IAEA agreed that their helicopters will take an appropriate number of minders on board as necessary.
9. Iraq will enact national legislation as soon as possible regarding proscribed activities.
10. Iraq agreed to continue technical discussions with the IAEA to clarify issues regarding aluminum tubes, alleged uranium importation and the use of high explosives as well as other outstanding issues.