UNSCOM: CHRONOLOGY OF MAIN EVENTS
3 Apr 1991 Security Council resolution 687 (1991),
Section C, decides that Iraq shall unconditionally accept, under international
supervision, the destruction, removal or rendering harmless of its weapons of mass
destruction, ballistic missiles with a range over 150 kilometres, and related production
facilities and equipment. It also provides for establishment of a system of ongoing
monitoring and verification of Iraqs compliance with the ban on these weapons and
missiles. Requires Iraq to make a declaration, within 15 days, of the location, amounts
and types of all such items.
6 Apr 1991 Iraq accepts resolution 687
18 Apr 1991 Iraq provides initial
declaration required under resolution 687 (1991), declares some chemical weapons and
materials and 53 Al-Hussein and Scud type long-range ballistic missiles. Iraq declares it
has no biological weapons programme.
14 May 1991 Entry into force of the
exchange of letters between the Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister of Iraq setting
out the rights, privileges and immunities of the Special Commission and its personnel in
16 May 1991 Iraq submits revised
declarations covering additional chemical weapons and a refinement of the missile
9 Jun 1991 UNSCOM commences its first
chemical weapons inspection.
23-28 Jun 1991 UNSCOM/IAEA inspectors try
to intercept Iraqi vehicles carrying nuclear related equipment (Calutrons). Iraqi
personnel fire warning shots in the air to prevent the inspectors from approaching the
vehicles. The equipment is later seized and destroyed under international supervision.