25 July 2000
Dear Madam President,
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 1302 (2000). 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), 1284 (1999) and 1302 (2000) and the Memorandum of Understanding concluded on 20 May 1996 between the United Nations Secretariat and the Government of Iraq (S/1996/356), and would be 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) of 27 March 1996, who 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 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 Security Council resolution 1051 (1996). They will keep the matter under review and provide 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 25 July 2000 from the Executive Director of the Iraq Programme addressed to the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, conveying my acceptance of the plan are attached.
Please accept, Madam President, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Kofi A. Annan
Miss Mignonette Patricia Durrant, cd
President of the Security Council