UN Lifts Iraq Sanctions

United Nations, May 22: | Updated: May 23 2003, 05:30am hrs
The UN Security Council has lifted the 13-year-old economic and trade sanctions against Iraq and gave the US and Britain wide authority to run Iraq as occupying powers.

Fourteen of the 15 council members voted for the US draft resolution which would give the occupying powers control of Iraqs oil resources which they promised to use for the benefit of the Iraqis. Syrian representative did not attend the meeting and hence the resolution was adopted by 14 votes with none against it.

To win support of Russia, France and China, the US, Britain and Spain agreed to some 90 changes in the original draft but the basic structure did not undergo much alteration. However, the revised draft enhanced the role of the UN.