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(From Al Bawaba)
United Nations agencies Friday intensified their departure from Baghdad in expectation of war, reducing their foreign staff from 1,000 to about 50, diplomats said in Baghdad.
Unmovic, the UN weapons inspectors' agency, also began to relocate staff and put plans to open an operational base in Basra on hold.
"Some staff are taking their holiday, some are in Cyprus on an official break as entitled," said Yasuhiro Ueki, spokesman for UN inspectors in Baghdad. He added 12 new inspectors had arrived in Iraq on Thursday, and that the UN had 80 inspectors "on mission between Cyprus and Iraq". He declined to say how many were left in Iraq. …