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Posted: 10/2/2002 4:45:42 AM EDT
[url]http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/toptease_4.html[/url] As the United States heads for a showdown with Iraq, a Swedish diplomat is negotiating with the regime of Saddam Hussein for the return of UN weapons inspectors. Closely identified with the European perspective on Iraq, Hans Blix is hardly a reassuring figure for Americans prosecuting the war on terror. Blix, a former Swedish foreign minister, was called out of retirement to take over UNMOVIC [United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission], a new agency formed in December 1999 to replace the UN Special Commission [UNSCOM]. He is regarded as a suave, cool diplomat, the consummate UN bureaucrat, having headed the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna from 1981 to 1997. Hans Blix: 'We cannot find everything in such a large country' Two years ago Blix told a disarmament magazine that he did not think that Iraq was trying to rearm and that there was no substantiation for media reports that said it was.
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