The United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) is a formal body of the United Nations created in 1999 as a replacement for the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) which preceded UNMOVIC.  The mission of both UNSCOM and UNMOVIC has been to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction; including chemical, biological weapons, and missiles with a range of more than 150 km.  UNSCOM and UNMOVIC were further charged with devising and operating the current Iraqi weapons inspection program. The specific mandates for UNSCOM and UNMOVIC are contained in a series of 16 UN Security Council resolutions over the past 10 years.

UNMOVIC inspectors are the guys on the ground in Baghdad .  If you are looking at headlines lately, they're the folks in the pictures holding empty gas shells, and pointing at missiles that violate the 150 km requirement and are thus expressly proscribed for ownership by Iraq.  I'm thinking that they've got one of the hardest jobs on earth right now.

The UN Secretary General appointed Dr. Hans Blix of Sweden to be the Commission’s Executive Chairman.  As Chairman, Blix reports directly to the UN Security Council on the current status and efficacy of the inspection regime in Iraq.  The transcript of Dr. Blix's most recent report can be found in Hans Blix's report to the U.N. Security Council on February 14, 2003.



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