Iraq calls for military pullout
From Wes Thomas

After its agreement with the UN Secretary General, Iraq has called for western military forces to withdraw from the Gulf.
The Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, said it was time for United States and Britain to pull out their forces out of the region.
But as the man who brokered a last-minute deal with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan made his call, the US announced it was sending more troops to the region.
Mr Aziz said Iraq would honour the weapons deal agreed with Mr Annan. But he said that in return the US and Britain should withdraw the military forces stationed in the Gulf.
"I think they have made a grave mistake by this military build-up because the matter did not need military force," he said.
"It is time for them to think wisely and to withdraw their forces and let the region live in calm and peace."
Mr Aziz urged the Mr Annan to send new inspectors to begin visits to presidential palaces as soon as possible.
"We have committed ourselves," said Mr Aziz, who signed the agreement on Monday on behalf of the Iraqi Government. "We gave our word and want them to do it."
The agreement calls for the UN to designate ambassadors and UN experts to visit presidential palaces.
US sticks to tough line
But while Iraq called for the weapons inspection to start as soon as possible, President Clinton signed orders bolstering US forces in the Gulf.
The US is sending 500 extra reserve troops to the region to join more than 30,000 Americans already stationed in and around the Gulf.
President Clinton reiterated the line he gave after Mr Annan announced the deal on Monday, saying the US will watch Iraq closely to ensure it complied with all the UN resolutions regarding arms inspections.
While US leaders continue to scrutinise the detail of the deal thrashed out by the secretary general, a special session of the Iraqi national assembly has been planned for Thursday with the weapons inspections likely to be at the top of the agenda.
While diplomatic tension still exists in the region, the UN showed its confidence in the Annan-Aziz agreement with the restart of its humanitarian operations in Iraq.
Denis Halliday, head of UN aid in the country, said that his team of 60, evacuated to Jordan last week, would return to Iraq on Thursday.
Mr Annan is continuing talks with Security Council members during the week.
He has described the initial responses of the Security Council as "very satisfactory."

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