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Real Reason Bush Demanded OPC Ouster
24 Apr 2002
The Bush Administration just orchestrated the removal of the head of the main world body working to eliminate chemical weapons (the OPC) - BECAUSE Iraq qas ready to allow their inspectors! (Forwarded from Green Party)
Subject: Irish Green Party speaks out on US ousting of chemical body

"The Green Party's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Mr John Gormley has also
called on the Government to resist attempts by the US government to have Mr
Jose Bustani removed."

US succeeds in ousting head of chemical weapons body

Last updated: 22-04-02, 19:07

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has approved a US
proposal to dismiss its director, General Jose Bustani. In a poll which
needed a two-thirds majority, the US proposal to fire Bustani received 48
votes in favour and only seven against. There were 43 abstentions and two
delegations at the meeting were absent during the vote.

After a 30 minute vote, a devastated Bustani stormed out of the conference
hall, threw his hands in the air and said he had lost his job as
director-general of the Organistion for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

But Bustani said the move lacked legal basis. "The convention does not allow
for such a dismissal," he complained ahead of the vote.

The US delegation had promised a document explaining its allegations but
when it did not come through on its promise, several delegations started
booing during today's closed meeting, OPCW officials said.

The US official said Bustani's lapses "are not legal crimes, nonetheless
they are sever mismanagement policies which significantly impede the
effectiveness of the organisation."

Brazil's delegation, headed by Ambassador Luiz Augusto De Araujo, called the
US move illegal and said it would harm efforts to rid the world of chemical

The group was established in 1997 to oversee the destruction of the world's
chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.

The United States and Russia both supported Bustani's reappointment in May
2000, a year before his first term was due to expire.

The United States opened its campaign against Bustani two months ago and has

threatened to cut funding if the Brazilian remains in power.

Without US funding the OPCW would spiral into a deeper financial crisis and
could face closure.

Speaking to last week, the Labour Party spokesman, Mr Michael D
Higgins, called on the Government to reject any moves against Mr Bustani
which would damage the impartiality and credibity of the organisation.

"It is of absolute urgency that Ireland makes its view known in this regard
and takes a strong position on the defence of the principal of objective
multilateralism and unbiased application of that principal," he said.

The Green Party's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Mr John Gormley has also
called on the Government to resist attempts by the US government to have Mr
Jose Bustani removed.

"This move by the United States is unprecedented and is a very dangerous
attack against the international community and UN regulatory bodies," Mr
Gormley said.

"Mr Bustani's only crime appears to be that he is very effective at doing
his job. His inspectors have overseen the destruction of two million
chemical weapons and two-thirds of the world's chemical weapon facilities.
He has approached his work with complete impartiality. This reputation leads
many to believe he can be effective in defusing the Iraqi chemical weapons

"However, it appears the US government does not want the Iraqi crisis
resolved peacefully. Mr Bustani requires the full backing of the UN Security
Council, not only to survive in his post, but to pursue a successful weapons
inspection in Iraq.

Additional reporting AP

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