Blix later expressed little confidence in being allowed to complete the process of weapons inspections even if Baghdad genuinely co-operated. In a televised interview, he said that comprehensive chemical and biological searches would take more than a year, and that he could not look beyond the next week in the current climate. However, he did make an appeal for more time, saying: ‘It would seem strange for inspectors to be in Iraq for eight years conducting inspections, to be kept out for four years, and then when allowed back in, to be withdrawn after only eight weeks.’