Future Roles for UNMOVIC and its Expertise
UNMOVIC currently exists as a small and effective headquarters organization with chemical, biological, missiles and multidisciplinary capabilities together with a roster of trained and qualified inspectors. Its annual cost is in the region of US$ 10 to 15 million a year. It is not currently engaged in activities within Iraq and its staff are now analyzing the information that it holds both from UNSCOM as well as from monitoring developments, using commercial satellite imagery, at sites in Iraq known previously to have had dualuse equipment and maintaining a state of readiness to resume operations in Iraq at such time as the Security Council decides that it should do so. It is consequently timely to consider what future role might be under-taken by UNMOVIC or by its expertise and capabilities. There are a number of different alternatives which are explored below.
KeywordsMiddle East Security Council Nuclear Weapon Future Role Mass Destruction
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