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And the U.N. does not have a perfect collective security system, so it's hard to get an effectively working organization.
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At the same time, though, one must not disregard and forget the things that are breeding these terrorist movements. Why do they become terrorists? Why do they become so desperate they are willing to blow up airplanes or buildings? Therefore we have to look at the social problems as well.
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But I would say if the Security Council is only relevant if it agrees with the United States, then we have come a long way in a direction that I do not like very much.
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But in the Middle Ages people were convinced there were witches. They looked for them and they certainly found them.
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By and large my relations with the US were good.
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Even on television, the wavelengths that you use, they have to be distributed between countries.
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Every little part of our lives is dependent upon multilateral decisions. Of course war and peace are the most important ones.
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First of all, I think one must be aware that the Iraqis would not have moved one inch without political and military pressure.
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I also hear your president say that war is the means of last resort and I think he means that. I met him last autumn and he assured me that they wanted to come through and disarm Iraq by peaceful means, and that's what we are trying to do as hard as we can.
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I can imagine that the Iraqis undertake the destruction out of fear. If they had denied it, if they had said no, that certainly would have played into the hands of those that would like to take armed action immediately. I have no illusions in that regard.
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I don't think that anyone seriously fears that the world can be blown to pieces all together. But what one can fear and rightly so are regional things, like in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, the Korean Peninsula, borders in Africa, etc.
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I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could - with 100 per cent certainty - know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were.
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I have my detractors in Washington.
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I think that we have to do our job well, investigate thoroughly and then describe very honestly what we see to the Security Council. And some of the things might please people there and other things may not please the people.
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I would think so, and the reason why we are interested is there are people in Iraq who surely know a lot, and if you found them then you want to have their truthful testimony. If you interview them in Baghdad they will have family that can be subjected to repression, retaliation by the government.
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If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors.
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If you take the biological weapons in the United States we still will have perhaps a single individual who was able to make anthrax, dry it, and spread it through the mail and cause terror.
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International cooperation, multilateralism is indispensable.
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Iraq did not spontaneously opt for disarmament. They did it as part of a ceasefire, so they were forced to do it, otherwise the war might have gone on. So the motivation has been very different.
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It is true that the report shows that the Iraqis over the years have hidden a lot of stuff that they have not truthfully reported on numbers of this one thing or another, but it's also true that the report nowhere says or maintains that there remain weapons of mass destruction.
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It was to do with information management. The intention was to dramatise it.
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It's true the Iraqis misbehaved and had no credibility but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were in the wrong.
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Like I said, I'm more worried long term about the environmental issues then the use of arms.
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Look at the Palestinians with the huge, huge percentage of unemployed. What does that breed? Anyone who's unemployed in the world, you feel there's no meaning and there's a risk that you drift over to something desperate. Yes, we have to tackle the social problems as well.
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Now the idea about taking people abroad is that if they come over to Cyprus, which we have in mind, and bring their families and would have the possibility to defect after they would be ready to speak their mind, well I hope so.
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On big issues like war in Iraq, but in many other issues they simply must be multilateral. There's no other way around. You have the instances like the global warming convention, the Kyoto protocol, when the U.S. went its own way.
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So interviews are a valuable tool, but under certain circumstances they'd be more valuable than others.
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The country is not a democratic state. Therefore we fear that they might carry a recorder in their pocket or there may be bugs in the walls, and you cannot be absolutely sure that you get a straight testimony.
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The inspections started in 1991, right after the Gulf War. One of the conditions for the ceasefire was that Iraq had to do away with all of its weapons of mass destruction - biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
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The Iraqis are not threatened by the Turks or by the Iranians or by the Saudis and they tell me that these are not weapons of mass destruction, they are weapons of self-destruction.
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The South Africans decided that they would like to prove to the world they did not have any nuclear weapons and their decision was not doubted because it was the end of the Cold War, it was also the end of apartheid.
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The U.N. is much more than the case of Iraq.
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The world has gotten so interwoven.
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There was a very consistent creation of a virtual reality, and eventually it collided with our old-fashioned, ordinary reality.
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They have been saying for a long time that Iraq made an effort to import active uranium, and my colleague demonstrated the other day that they came to the conclusion that it was a fake document that everybody is relying upon.
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To wield the big stick and strike here and there and have big surveillance of telephones or whatnot, that can be done, but to get at the social conditions - better democracy, more education in the Middle East, giving the hope for the many youngsters in that part of the world - now that's harder.
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We also have to soberly examine evidence that comes from other governments as well.
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We want to be serious when we come forward with accusations, as we were when ordering the Iraqis to destroy a very large missile program.
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What surprises me, what amazes me, is that it seems the military people were expecting to stumble on large quantities of gas, chemical weapons and biological weapons.
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You fly across the Atlantic, and you can't do that without international agreements.
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You never get quite down to the bottom of the barrel, but we are much higher than that at the present time. There is quite a lot left in the barrel that could be explained by them. If they have some weapons, if they have some anthrax, they should deliver that.
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