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Words in the News
Monday 18 November 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  UN headquarters in Baghdad
Weapons inspectors return to Iraq
Summary: An advance team of weapons inspectors has arrived in Baghdad for the first time in almost four years. Hans Blix, the chief weapons inspector and his counterpart at the International Atomic Energy Authority, Mohammed El-Baradei, are due to hold talks with Iraqi officials and prepare for full-scale searches later in the month. This report from Caroline Hawley.
   
The News Listen  
  Iraqi officials are promising full cooperation as the inspectors return with unprecedented powers. The terms of their new mandate were hard for Iraq to accept, but it had no choice to spare the country war. The main headlines in the Iraqi newspapers ignore the inspectors' return, but editorials urge the UN to be independent and impartial. The inspections will be the most intrusive the UN has ever conducted, anywhere. Nowhere will be off limits, even Saddam Hussein's own palaces. But Iraq insists it has nothing to hide. The task of the inspectors now is to uncover the truth. They've spoken of hundreds of sites they want to visit. First they'll be making the logistical preparations to enable the searches to start in less than ten days' time.

Caroline Hawley, BBC, Baghdad.

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  promising full cooperation
saying they will willingly do everything they are asked to do

 
   
  inspectors
here, people who will examine places in which there may be weapons

 
   
  unprecedented powers
they have never before had such wide legal rights

 
   
  mandate
the authority to carry out a task

 
   
  editorials
a newspaper article which gives the opinion of the editor or publisher

 
   
  impartial
able to act fairly

 
   
  intrusive
if something is intrusive it disturbs you in an unwelcome way

 
   
  off limits
if a place is off limits, you are not allowed to go there

 
   
  sites
somewhere which is used for a particular purpose

 
   
  logistical preparations
preparations for transport, supplies and maintenance

 
   
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