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Security Council Pledge Support For Re-Construction Efforts
    #2017194 - 10/17/03 06:57 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

UN PASSES RESOLUTION

A US resolution on the future of Iraq has received unanimous support from the United Nations Security Council.

Anti-war proponents, Germany, Russia and France, had earlier indicated they would support the resolution in the interests of international solidarity.


UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said: "the outcome is a clear demonstration of the will of all the members of the Security Council to place the interests of the Iraqi people above all other concerns."

The 15-0 result represents a victory for the United States, who had been concerned they would achieve only the minimum nine votes required.

US President George W. Bush is under growing pressure over the mounting cost of the Iraqi occupation, in both money and lives.

The resolution encourages nations to offer support with troops and cash. It also asks Iraqi leaders to draw up a plan for a new constitution and elections by December 15.

But German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appeared to rule out further commitment despite calling the resolution "an important step in the right direction".



German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder





"In our view this progress does not yet constitute the reaction appropriate to the current situation in Iraq," he said.

"Due to this we are not able to commit ourselves militarily or to make other material commitments beyond what has already been announced."

French Ambassador to the UN Jean-Marc de la Sabliere told the council after the vote: "This draft certainly does not go as far as we would have liked."

"We would have preferred in particular that a clear text set more restrictive and closer deadlines for the transfer of responsibilities."

The anti-war trio had proposed a series of minor amendments, but dropped their demands for a date to mark the end of US occupation in Iraq.

Crucially, the United States also won backing from Syria, the only Arab nation on the Security Council and a staunch opponent of the US-led war.

From MSN.co.uk


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