posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 09:09 AM
The French, German and Russian foreign ministers said Wednesday they will not allow a U.N. resolution that justifies war against Iraq to pass,
erecting a major obstacle to U.S. efforts to get backing for military action.
Foreign ministers from the three countries ó two of which have the power to veto Security Council resolutions ó met in Paris to plot strategy for a
vote on the measure that would pave the way for war, which was authored by the U.S., Britain and Spain. A vote on the proposal could come next week,
on the heels of the next report by weapons inspectors, due Friday.
"We will not allow a resolution to pass that authorizes resorting to force," French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said at a press
conference. "Russia and France, as permanent members of the Security Council, will assume their full responsibilities on this point. "
De Villepin's statement strongly hinted that Russia and France would use their vetoes to block the U.S.-British-Spanish measure, which, while not
explicitly approving war, would declare Iraq to have failed its disarmament requirements and reiterate the council's threat of "serious
The three ministers said that inspections were producing results and that weapons experts should be
given more time to search for arms that Iraq is not supposed to have, as set out in U.N. resolution 1441.
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