Posted by andreas from p3EE3C44F.dip.t-dialin.net (188.8.131.52) on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 3:50PM :
Now guess why Germany hasn't been allowed for years into the UN Security Council as a permanent member....
The Anglo elite (not all Anglos !! Beware!) fears like hell&pest a Germany and more generally a united Middle and Northern Europe (Scandinavians) who would act as self-confident actor bridging to the Middle East, China and above all to Russia - Russia is in their cross-hairs.
Lads & Lassies:
It's not only about oil:
It's about the future of mankind.
Friday September 27, 08:22 PM
Security Council resists tough Iraq resolution
By Mark John
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PARIS (Reuters) - The United States has failed to win over key Security Council members in its campaign to push through a tough U.N. resolution effectively threatening Iraq with military action.
While Washington had the firm backing of Britain, the other three veto-wielding U.N. Security Council members, France, China and Russia, remained steadfast on Friday in their view that weapons inspections by United Nations experts had first to take place.
French President Jacques Chirac resisted the diplomatic overtures from Washington and told U.S. President George W. Bush in a telephone conversation that wide U.N. backing on disarming Iraq was the only way forward.
"The president (Chirac) also reiterated that France remains more than ever in favour of a two-step approach and that this is the view of the majority of the international community, given the seriousness of the decisions to be taken and their consequences," Chirac spokeswoman Catherine Colonna said.
France's approach involves two U.N. resolutions -- one on readmitting arms inspectors and a second one spelling out the consequences only if Baghdad does not let the inspectors work freely.
Russia said any delay in the return of U.N. inspectors to Iraq would be "unforgivable" while China said a military attack without U.N. backing would have "incalculable consequences".
In the latest of 32 strikes in Iraq's southern no-fly zone this year, U.S. and British jets bombed two Iraqi surface-to-air missile sites south of the capital, Baghdad, after Iraqi forces fired on Western aircraft, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.
Baghdad said the warplanes had attacked civilian targets in the south of the country.
Three U.S. congressmen arrived in Baghdad to plead for unfettered access to U.N. arms inspectors and President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday accused Washington of behaving like an "arrogant cowboy" eyeing Iraqi oil reserves.
U.N. weapons inspectors and Iraqi arms experts meet next week in Vienna to discuss details of the return. The inspectors left Iraq in 1998 hours before a U.S.-British bombing campaign.
The United States and Britain say the inspectors did not find all Iraq's weapons stocks and Baghdad has acquired new ones. Iraq says it has no weapons of mass destruction.
RESOLVING THE RESOLUTION
Washington sent U.S. Under-secretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman to Paris on Friday as part of its diplomatic drive.
Despite his talks with French presidential advisers and Foreign Ministry officials, Chirac's comments indicated France's position had not changed. He travels to Moscow on Saturday.
"The president (Chirac) reiterated France's position to him (Bush) -- that disarming Iraq is necessary and must be done within a U.N. framework," Chirac spokeswoman Colonna said.
"The objective is the rapid and unconditional return of U.N. inspectors to Iraq. A simple, firm resolution which shows the unity and determination of the international community could help on this front," she said.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said on Friday there was no clear proof in Britain's dossier published this week on Iraq that Baghdad had chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
Saddam agreed last week to allow in U.N. inspectors without conditions but the United States, whose declared policy is to seek the Iraqi leader's removal, said he could not be trusted.
Yet both Russia and France believe his sincerity must at least be tested with an attempt to undertake the inspections.
"It would now be an unforgivable error to delay the dispatch of international monitors to Iraq," Ivanov said.
Chirac spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday and they agreed the Iraq crisis had to be handled within a U.N. framework, Colonna said.
Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, speaking after meeting French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Paris, said Beijing wanted Baghdad to comply with U.N. disarmament resolutions without restriction.
"At the same time, we have to respect Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Zhu said.
"If the weapons inspections do not take place, if we do not have clear proof and if we do not have the authorisation of the Security Council, we cannot launch a military attack on Iraq -- otherwise, there would be incalculable consequences."
The U.S. draft resolution would find Iraq in violation of previous U.N. resolutions, specify what it must do and determine what consequences will flow from Iraq's failure to take action.
No text is expected to be unveiled to the 15-nation Council until Monday.
STRIKES AND FOES
In London, the main exiled Iraqi opposition groups said they would hold a meeting in Brussels at the end of October, which has been backed by the United States, to agree on the future of their country if he was removed from power.
The U.S. Defence Department said U.S. and British jets hit targets near Qalat Sikur, about 130 miles southeast of Baghdad about 11:45 p.m. Thursday (8:45 p.m. British time), and Tallil, about 170 miles southeast of Baghdad at 12:30 a.m. Friday (9:30 p.m. British time).
"On an almost daily basis our aircraft are fired at by the Iraqis. Every time we fly we get shot at," Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Lapan told Reuters of one of the two "no-fly zones" imposed on the country after the 1991 Gulf War.
In a broadcast on Iraqi television, Saddam's son Uday said the U.S. quest to oust his father's government was to get hold of the country's vast oil reserves.
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