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[H. Con. Res. 29 Introduced in House (IH)]






108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
H. CON. RES. 29

   Condemning the designation of Iraq as chair of the United Nations 
                       Conference on Disarmament.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            February 4, 2003

Mr. Vitter (for himself, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Smith 
  of New Jersey, Mr. Burr, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. King of New 
  York, Mr. Herger, Mr. Flake, Mr. Fossella, Mr. Cannon, Mr. Brady of 
Texas, Mr. Stenholm, Mr. Crane, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Sessions, and Mr. 
Frank of Massachusetts) submitted the following concurrent resolution; 
     which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

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                         CONCURRENT RESOLUTION


 
   Condemning the designation of Iraq as chair of the United Nations 
                       Conference on Disarmament.

Whereas Iraq was recently designated as chair of the United Nations Conference 
        on Disarmament solely because of the alphabetical rotation system 
        utilized by that body;
Whereas twelve years ago, Saddam Hussein agreed to disarm all weapons of mass 
        destruction, yet for twelve years he has systematically violated that 
        agreement in violation of international law;
Whereas the United Nations Security Council, in Resolution 1441 of November 8, 
        2002, gave Iraq a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament 
        obligations under relevant resolutions of the Security Council, yet 
        Saddam Hussein has shown alarming contempt for that action of the United 
        Nations Security Council;
Whereas the United Nations and intelligence sources of the United States have 
        known for some time that Saddam Hussein has materials to produce 
        chemical and biological weapons, but he has not accounted for them and 
        refuses to do so;
Whereas these dangerous materials are sufficient to kill tens of millions of 
        people and include__

    (1) 26,000 liters of anthrax;

    (2) 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin;

    (3) 500 tons of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve agents; and

    (4) almost 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents;

Whereas three Iraqi defectors in the late 1990s have exposed the fact that 
        Saddam Hussein maintains several mobile biological weapons labs, which 
        he has not disclosed;
Whereas the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that 
        Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, a 
        design for a nuclear weapon, and was working on methods of enriching 
        uranium for a nuclear bomb;
Whereas Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from 
        Africa, according to the British Government, and has attempted to 
        purchase high strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons, yet 
        he has not credibly explained these activities;
Whereas thousands of Iraqi security personnel are at work hiding documents and 
        materials from the United Nations weapons inspectors;
Whereas Iraqi officials accompany all inspectors in order to intimidate 
        witnesses;
Whereas Iraq is blocking U-2 surveillance flights requested by the United 
        Nations;
Whereas it is widely known that Saddam Hussein has ordered that scientists who 
        cooperate with the United Nations be killed, along with their families; 
        and
Whereas Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including al-Qaida members, 
        and could provide hidden weapons of mass destruction to terrorists, or 
        help them develop their own such weapons: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That--
            (1) the Congress strongly condemns the designation of Iraq 
        as chair of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament and 
        calls for the immediate removal of Iraq as chair of the 
        conference;
            (2) Iraq's participation in this conference, let alone its 
        leadership, is incongruous with international law and 
        conventions; and
            (3) the Congress calls upon the President, the Secretary of 
        State, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the 
        United Nations, and other appropriate United States Government 
        officials to block, boycott, or formally protest this 
        designation of Iraq as chair of the conference in the most 
        strenuous manner within their power.
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