Chronology of IAEA Inspections and Key Events
30, Saturday: IAEA Inspects Sites Outside Baghdad. An IAEA team completed inspections at Um Al Maarik Company, a facility known for its dual use capabilities. Activities included status checks of remaining video surveillance equipment previously installed at the site.
An IAEA team completed inspections at Al Meelad Company, where the former Al Furat centrifuge facility was located.
An IAEA team completed some work at the Al Qa Qaa Company, specifically the removal of the last of four air samplers previously installed and planned to be refurbished, upgraded and reinstalled in the near future. Full Briefing.
28, Thursday: IAEA Inspects Dual-Use Sites. The IAEA team inspected two sites known for their dual-use capabilities as of 1998: Dhu Al Fiqar and Nassr Company located in the Taji area, north of Baghdad. Full Briefing.
28, Thursday: IAEA Board of Governors Briefed.Addressing the IAEA Board of Governors 28 November, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said the resumption of IAEA and UN arms inspections in Iraq marked a "good beginning", and that he hoped for continued cooperation from Iraq. "The Agency will make every effort to effectively discharge its mandate, subject to full cooperation by Iraq, with the aim of bringing to full and verified compliance the disarmament process required by the Security Council,” he said. Full Story.
27, Wednesday: Inspections Start under Security Council Resolution 1441. On the first day of resumed inspections, the IAEA inspected a facility in northern Baghdad called Al Tahidi (Science Research Centre). It is a site that the IAEA previously visited in the 1990s. Full Briefing.
26, Tuesday: Technical Briefing in Baghdad. Leaders of the IAEA and UN inspection teams gave the press a technical briefing on inspection activities scheduled to begin 27 November. Dimitri Perricos, the Director of the Division of Planning and Operations of UNMOVIC, who is leading the chemical, biological and missiles inspection team, and Jacques Baute, who is leading the IAEA Iraq Action Team in the nuclear field, explained the ways and means of conducting their respective inspections, exhibiting some of the instruments that they are planning to employ. Seventeen weapons inspectors arrived at the Baghdad Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Centre, the central base of inspection activities in Iraq. Full Briefing.
22, Friday: Press Briefing in Baghdad. A UN/IAEA press briefing in Baghdad updated preparations for the resumption of inspections. UNMOVIC and the IAEA have 33 support staff in Baghdad, with five more support staff expected to arrive 23 November with more equipment and supplies. The support staff included administrative personnel, information technology and communications experts, medics, logistics and security personnel. The first group of weapons inspectors would arrive 25 November, with 12 coming from UNMOVIC and six from the IAEA. Full Briefing.
18-21, Monday to Thursday: Baghdad Talks & Preparations. Dr. ElBaradei and Dr. Blix arrived in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi authorities, as support staff worked toward the launch of inspections under Security Council resolution 1441. Support staff included logistics officers to reopen the IAEA-UNMOVIC inspection centre and install computers, arrange secure communications, establish transportation, etc. Full Briefing.
17, Sunday: Cyprus Press Briefing. IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Chief Hans Blix travelled from Vienna to Larnaca, Cyprus, on their way to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi authorities on the resumption of inspections. At a press briefing in Cyprus, Dr. ElBaradei and Dr. Blix emphasize their mandate under Security Council resolution 1441 and the importance of Iraq cooperation. Full Briefing
13 November, Wednesday: Iraq Responds to Security Council Resolution. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Iraq accepts the resumption of on-site IAEA and UN inspections in Iraq. Letter
11 November, Monday: At UN, IAEA Chief Outlines Key to Success in Iraq. Addressing the United General Assembly, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, outlined what is needed for Iraq inspections to succeed. "In my view, the success of inspections in Iraq will depend on five interrelated prerequisites: (1) Immediate and unfettered access to all locations and sites in Iraq and the full use of the authority provided to the inspecting organizations by the Security Council; (2) timely access to all sources of information, including all information available to States; (3) unified and full support by the Security Council throughout the inspection process; (4) the preservation of the integrity and impartiality of the inspection process, free from outside interference; and (5) active co-operation from Iraq, with a sustained demonstration of its stated willingness to be transparent, and to assist the inspecting organizations in fully carrying out their missions," he said. Full Story.
8 November, Friday: UN Security Council Adopts Iraq Resolution. IAEA and UN weapons inspectors readied to return to Iraq for on-site inspections under terms of a new resolution adopted unanimously Friday, 8 November, by the UN Security Council. The resolution demands that Iraq "cooperate immediately, unconditionally, and actively" with the IAEA, which is responsible for the nuclear file, and the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), responsible for the chemical, biological, and missile files. Full Story.