Madeleine Albright & Iraq

By Paul Eedle

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The US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, made it clear in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington in March 1997 that the United States would maintain sanctions against Iraq until Saddam Hussein was removed from power.

"If past is prologue, under the current government an Iraq released from sanctions and scrutiny would pick up where it left off half a dozen years ago - before the mother of all coalitions stopped it dead in its tracks," she said.

"For these reasons, our policy will not change. To those who ask how long our determination will last, how long we will oppose Iraqi intransigence, how long we will insist that the international community's standards be met, our answer is - as long as it takes," she added. "The evidence is overwhelming that Saddam Hussein's intentions will never be peaceful."

"Clearly, a change in Iraq's government could lead to a change in U.S. policy. Should that occur, we would stand ready, in coordination with our allies and friends, to enter rapidly into a dialogue with the successor regime," Albright said.

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