The weapons inspections process in Iraq took a new turn on 16 January, when inspectors uncovered 11 chemical weapons warheads not declared by Baghdad. Iraq was quick to dismiss the finding, as old and obsolete equipment that had merely been forgotten when the 12,000-page declaration for the UN was compiled. Western powers also took a cautious line, saying that while the find was significant it was not serious enough to constitute the ‘smoking gun’ inspectors are said to be seeking, in the form of active banned weapons programmes. Head of the inspections team Han Blix is to follow up his meeting of 16 January with EU leaders by travelling to Paris and London on 17 January to meet French President Chirac and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, where he will discuss the progress of inspections. Blix will then travel to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi officials ahead of his first formal report to the UN Security Council on 27 January.