Friday, January 31, 2003

Tough battle ahead in U.N. Security Council over Iraq
"On Wednesday the Council debated the Iraq crisis for the whole day in two sessions. According to diplomats attending the sessions at least 11 out of the 15 members of the Council are for giving the inspectors more time in Iraq... At the end of the day only Spain and Bulgaria were with Britain and the United States.

"The Security Council is not going to take up Iraq until next Wednesday when the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, will be here to present additional information and intelligence to the Council. This meeting of the Security Council will see the participation of several Foreign Ministers — Britain, France and Germany have said their Ministers will attend and Washington is hoping that the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China also attend. The February 5 meeting of the Council is critical for two reasons: the Bush administration will have to present compelling evidence to sway members; and after the presentation of the additional information, the United States will press for a Resolution declaring that Iraq is in "material breach''— code words for justifying military action."

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