H.Con.Res.29 - Condemning the designation of Iraq as chair of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.108th Congress (2003-2004)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Vitter, David [R-LA-1] (Introduced 02/04/2003)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||House - 02/04/2003 Referred to the House Committee on International Relations. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [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. _______________________________________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________________________________ 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. <all>