Wednesday, February 05, 2003

At Summit, Chirac Keeps Anti-War Stance
"Despite intense pressure by Blair, French President Jacques Chirac said he remained steadfastly opposed to war against Baghdad without giving U.N. weapons inspectors searching for banned weapons as much time they need to do their work. When asked how much time - weeks or months - weapons inspectors should have, Chirac responded: ``I can't put a timeframe on it. It's up to them to decide,'' Chirac said.

"In an interview on national television late last month, Chirac indicated he favored granting a request by the United Nation's chief inspectors for several more months to determine whether Saddam Hussein's government is hiding weapons of mass destruction."

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