Iraq: UN experts return to inspect Communicable Diseases Control Centre

14 December 2002

Experts from the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Mission (UNMOVIC) today completed an inspection of Iraq's Communicable Diseases Control Centre.

On Friday, UNMOVIC had tagged seals on locks in the area, and upon its return today, “the team did not find any signs of break-in or break-in attempts on the rooms, including windows,” according to spokesman Hiro Ueki.

The experts then joined the main germ warfare team, which inspected the Al Tuwaitha complex.

Two UNMOVIC teams of missile inspectors visited separate locations involved in missile activity. One team visited the Al Samood factory which manufactures major components for the Al Samood missile.

The other team went to the Al Fat'h facility, which is located approximately 30 kilometres west of Baghdad and owned by the Military Industrialization Corporation. “The facility solely conducts research and development on solid propellant missiles and rockets,” Mr. Ueki explained.

In addition, an UNMOVIC chemical team inspected two facilities within the Al Qa Qaa complex: a high concentrated (oleum) sulpheric acid plant and the main storage area. “Equipment and chemicals present at both sites were verified,” Mr. Ueki said, reporting that “the inspection went smoothly.”

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had several inspection teams out today at a number of sites, including Shaheed, a facility some 120 kilometres south west of Baghdad that is involved in the manufacture of non-ferrous alloys.

Two IAEA teams carried out inspections at Hatteen and adjacent Iskanderiya facilities located some 70 kilometres south of Baghdad, while another IAEA team inspected the use of dual-purpose machine tools at the Daura heavy engineering facility.

 

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