Full Statement to the House of Commons, 18 March 2003

Tony Blair

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
Full Statement to the House of Commons, 18 March 2003

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This chapter contains a statement made by Tony Blair in the House of Commons. It became clear after the Gulf War that the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) ambitions of Iraq were far more extensive than hitherto thought. UNSCOM, the weapons inspection team, was set up. Saddam had used the weapons against Iran, against his own people, causing thousands of deaths. His son-in-law, Hussein Kamal, revealed Iraq's crash program to produce a nuclear weapon in 1990. In 1999, a new inspections team, UNMOVIC, was set up. But Saddam refused to allow them to enter Iraq. So there they stayed, in limbo, until after Resolution 1441 when last November they were allowed to return. 1441 is a very clear Resolution. The UN should be the focus, both of diplomacy and of action.

Keywords: Tony Blair; House of Commons; Gulf War; Iraq; weapons of mass destruction; Saddam; UNSCOM; UNMOVIC

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Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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