Friday, January 31, 2003

German Chancellor Schroeder interview: Inspectors need more time
Question: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a ZDF interview that he would turn over new evidence next Wednesday. Could that change your mind?

Schroeder: First of all, it will be a good thing if the Security Council gets new evidence. That would give the inspectors a better base for conducting their work. I would have liked for this evidence -- whatever it may be -- to have been released earlier and to have been handed over to the inspectors so that they could have studied the matter. But it is still a good idea to release the evidence, and I think that it must be examined and studied by the inspectors -- they are the experts. That means that they will need more time. That is our position -- and not only ours, by the way.

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