Letter dated 3 January 2002 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council
I have the honour to inform you and, through you, the members of the
Security Council, that, pursuant to paragraph 8 (a) (ii) of Security Council
resolution 986 (1995), the Government of Iraq has submitted to me its
distribution plan for the purchase of humanitarian supplies during the new
period specified in paragraph 1 of resolution 1382 (2001).
The Government of Iraq was informed today that I have approved the plan
on the understanding that its implementation would be governed by resolutions
986 (1995), 1281 (1999), 1284 (1999), 1302 (2000), 1330 (2000), 1360 (2001),
1382 (2001) and the memorandum of understanding concluded on 20 May 1996 between
the United Nations Secretariat and the Government of Iraq (S/1996/356), without
prejudice to the procedures followed by the Security Council Committee
established by resolution 661 (1990).
A copy of the list of supplies and goods accompanying the distribution
plan will be made available to the Security Council Committee. The list has been reviewed by experts of the joint unit
established by resolution 1051 (1996), who have concluded that, on the basis of
the information given in the annexes, no items have been identified which would
be prohibited under the plans for ongoing monitoring and verification, or under
Security Council resolution 707 (1991). They
have also concluded, however, that the necessarily general nature of the
description of many items in the annexes to the plan renders it impossible to
determine definitively whether or not an item is notifiable under the provisions
of resolution 1051 (1996). They will keep the matter under review and provide a
further assessment in the light of additional information that may become
available in applications submitted to the Security Council Committee.
The distribution plan and the letter dated 3 January 2002 from the
Executive Director of the Iraq Programme addressed to the Chargé d’Affaires
of the Permanent Mission of Iraq to the United Nations, conveying my acceptance
of the plan are attached.
Kofi A. Annan