The weapons inspections in Iraq under United Nations Security Council Resolution
1441 are underway with a view to renouncing all weapons of mass destruction. The
Security Council will open a discussion on 7 March based on the report of the
weapons inspectors. It is unfortunate that, according to the interim report of
the inspectors, Iraq has met the requirements neither of Security Council Resolution
1441 nor expectations of the international community. The United States, the United
Kingdom and others, questioning the effectiveness of further continuing the inspections,
proposed a new Security Council resolution allowing the next stage to take place
base on a conclusion that Iraq has missed the last chance. In responding to this,
France, Russia and others have clearly expressed their objection to the use of
military at the current stage and stressed the need to continue and strengthen
the inspection process.
Rengo has not accepted and will not accept any use of nuclear weapons, or of weapons
of mass destruction, as Japan is a sole atomic bomb victim. It has recognised
that peaceful means within the framework of the United Nations and the international
cooperation centred at it must be taken to disarm Iraq.
Consequently, RENGO has decided in its 20th Executive Board meeting the following
appeals and will work for them to be taken by world leaders, while strengthening
the solidarity with other trade union centres through the International Confederation
of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).