The bulk of the eight sites Baghdad has declared off-limits to U.N. weapons inspectors cover a total of 27 square miles, and contain palace residences, villas, offices and warehouses, U.N. documents indicate.
The documents, obtained late Wednesday by The Associated Press, seem to refute claims by President Clinton, who said in a nationally televised speech Tuesday that one single palace compound was "about the size of Washington D.C." - 40,000 acres or 63 square miles.The standoff with Baghdad has centered on U.N. access to these eight sites, which Iraq has declared off-limits on grounds of sovereignty.
Last week, in an effort to resolve the dispute, Secretary-General Kofi Annan dispatched a new team of U.N. experts to Baghdad to map the eight compounds to determine which areas were legitimate targets for inspections and which areas could remain closed.
The surveyors finished surveying the last of the sites Wednesday.
The documents, compiled by the U.N. Special Commission for Annan and the Security Council before the mapping began, list the size and structures of seven sites.
Iraqi officials have said that of the eight off-limit sites, three are in Baghdad, and there is one site each in the northern city of Mosul, the central cities of Tikrit, Tharthar and Samarra, and Basra in the south.
Two sites believed to be included on the "off-limits" list are not included on the list - the palace in Basra, and a third Baghdad palace..