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UN Security Council: Disagreement and Debates


Russia and France, along with many elected members, were critical of the Iraq sanctions and tried to lift or substantially reform them. The United States and the UK used their political muscle and veto power to keep sanctions in force and to allow minor reforms, until they decided to lift them in May 2003, after the war and occupation.

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France and Russia Prepare For Battle Over UN Sanctions (April 18, 2003)
President George W. Bush urged the UN to lift the sanctions on Iraq. But Permanent Security Council member Russia stated that sanctions would not be lifted until it is certain that Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction. (Independent)

Bush Urges End to Iraq Sanctions (April 17, 2003)
President George W. Bush urged the United Nations to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. Security Council members will probably debate this issue, fearing that lifting the sanctions will result in the US gaining full control over Iraq's oil. (New York Times)

Germany to Chair UN Commission on Sanctions against Iraq (January 8, 2003)
The Security Council elected Germany to take over the chair of the Iraq Sanctions Committee, a task that Germany already assumed during its previous term in the Security Council in 1995-1996. After much pressure from France and Russia, the US dropped its opposition to the election. (Itar-Tass)

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