UNSCOM: CHRONOLOGY OF MAIN EVENTS
5 Nov 1998 Security Council resolution 1205 (1998) unanimously condemns Iraqs actions and demands that Iraq rescind immediately and unconditionally its decisions of 31 October and 5 August.
15 Nov 1998 Press Statement by the President of the Security Council in which the Council takes note of Iraqs statement of 14 November to cooperate fully with the Special Commission and the IAEA. The Council members underline that their confidence in Iraqs intentions needs to be established by unconditional and sustained cooperation with the Special Commission and the IAEA in exercising the full range of their activities. The Council members also reaffirm their readiness to proceed with the comprehensive review once the Secretary-General has confirmed, on the basis of reports from the Special Commission and the IAEA that Iraq has returned to full cooperation on the basis of resolution 1194 (1998) and the Council Presidents letter of 30 October to the Secretary-General (SC/65/96-IK258).
3 Dec 1998 The Special Commission submits the first of a series of weekly reports on its activities during the period 17 November to 2 December 1998. The report covers inspection activities during that period and also provides an account of correspondence exchanged with Iraq regarding matters such as the provision of documents, clarifications on a number of points previously raised with Iraq and asking that Iraq provide new substantial information on its biological weapons programme.
9 Dec 1998 The Special Commission submits its second weekly report to the Security Council describing monitoring activities and the difficulties encountered in the course of those activities, including blockage at a site.
15 Dec 1998 The Special Commission reports to the Security-General concerning UNSCOMs activities and the status of Iraqs cooperation with the Commission in the period since 14 November 1998. The Executive Chairman concludes that Iraq did not provide the full cooperation it had promised on 14 November 1998 (S/1998/1172).
16 Dec 1998 The Special Commission withdraws its staff from Iraq.
January 1999 The Council discusses informal proposals submitted by France Russia and Canada including on ways to re-establish dialogue and cooperation between Iraq and the United Nations.
25 Jan 1999 The Executive Chairman submits a report (S/1999/94) to the President of the Security Council on disarmament and monitoring.
30 Jan 1999 Through a note (S/1999/100), the President of the Security Council announces that the Security Council has decided that it would be useful to establish panels to, inter alia, provide the Council with recommendations on how to re- establish an effective disarmament/ongoing monitoring and verification regime in Iraq.
27 Mar 1999 The Chairman of the Panels forwards the reports of the Panels to the President of the Security Council (S/1999/356).
9 April 1999 The Commission submits its semi-annual report to the Security Council (S/1999/401).