|14 Apr 1995 Resolution
986 establishing the principle of 'oil
for food' is adopted by the UN Security
Council. Iraq refuses to accept its
20 May 1996 Memorandum of
Understanding on oil-for-food programme
signed by Iraq and UN.
10 Dec 1996 Pumping of Iraqi oils
starts, marking beginning of 'Phase I' of
20 Mar 1997 First shipment of
chick peas and white beans enters Iraq.
9 May 1997 First medical supplies
(intravenous solution) arrive.
4 Jun 1997 Security Council
approves six-month extension of plan
('Phase II'). But Iraq says it won't pump
oil until a new Distribution Plan for the
food and medicines has been approved.
4 Aug 1997 UN Secretary General
approves new distribution plan.
6 Nov 1997 First goods under Phase
II arrive. Many goods from Phase I still
5 Dec 1997 Phase III begins, but
Iraq says it won't pump oil until a new
Distribution Plan has been approved.
20 Jan 1998 First medical supplies
under Phase II (vaccines for babies)
23 Feb 1998 Summary of contracts
blocked or delayed by Sanctions
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