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France lifts veto threat on Iraq
BBC News ^ | 22 September 2003 | Uncredited

Posted on 09/21/2003 10:35:09 PM PDT by lambo

France will not veto a US-backed Security Council resolution on the future of Iraq, President Jacques Chirac has said.

The United States circulated a draft text for a resolution earlier this month but it has not yet been put to a vote.

"I have no intention of opposing the resolution... I am not in that mind-set at all," the French leader told the New York Times newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

Paris had earlier criticised Washington's efforts to get United Nations backing for an multinational occupation force, demanding instead a more rapid transfer of power from the coalition forces to an Iraqi Government.

US President George W Bush, for his part, said on Sunday that he did not consider it essential to give the UN a greater role in Iraq.

Timetable

So far, the five permanent members of the Security Council have failed to agree on the timetable and manner of a transfer of power in Iraq, with France and the US differing most sharply.

Last week, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin suggested the establishment of a new Iraqi Government in a month, a draft constitution by the end of the year and elections in nine months' time.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell dismissed this as "totally unrealistic".

In his interview with the New York Times, Mr Chirac struck a conciliatory note.

He set out a two-stage plan for Iraqi self-rule, involving first a symbolic transfer of sovereignty to the existing Iraqi Governing Council.

A gradual ceding of real power would follow over the next six to nine months, Mr Chirac said.

However, he reaffirmed France's position that sovereignty should be "transferred to Iraq as quickly as possible".

Without Iraqi self-rule, he said, there was danger in having a "governor who is Christian and foreign" administer an Arab and Muslim country.

The United States has ruled out undermining the authority of the US administrator for Iraq, Paul Bremer, saying a hasty move to sovereignty could be counterproductive.

No troops

Mr Chirac said France would vote for a resolution that included a timetable for Iraqi sovereignty and a "key role" for the United Nations.

However, he added, if these provisions were absent in the final text France would abstain rather than veto the resolution.

The French president ruled out for the moment sending French combat troops to Iraq, but made clear this position could be revised in the future.

"Everything could change," he said. "I don't have a crystal ball."

Mr Chirac is due to meet Mr Bush in New York on Tuesday, when the US president is due to address the UN General Assembly.

In his interview with Fox News - which released advanced transcripts on Sunday - George W Bush said he would tell the assembly that going to war with Iraq was "the right decision".

He said the US did not need to give the UN a bigger role in Iraq - but added that it would be helpful if the world body helped write a new Iraqi constitution and oversee elections.

Many other UN members have been pushing for a greater role in post-war Iraq, and have criticised the US rationale for war as exaggerated and unfounded.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; iraq; un; unitednations

1 posted on 09/21/2003 10:35:10 PM PDT by lambo
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To: lambo
I surrender!!
2 posted on 09/21/2003 10:37:11 PM PDT by lambo
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To: lambo

3 posted on 09/21/2003 10:40:53 PM PDT by Rain-maker
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To: lambo
bttt
4 posted on 09/21/2003 10:58:17 PM PDT by kayak (I support Billybob - www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: lambo
Looks like the Jacques-strap has read the handwriting on the wall. His buddy Gerhard lost power this week in the German elections and is on the way out. Putin was a fair weather friend. The Germans and Russians are into supporting the US in Iraq.

The French have once again shown that they are unwilling to stand alone on the strength of their convictions.

5 posted on 09/21/2003 11:01:34 PM PDT by exit82 (Ted Kennedy knows all about frauds--he is one.)
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To: exit82
what was it?

punish France, ignore germany, forgive russia?
6 posted on 09/21/2003 11:04:23 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: lambo
Everything could change," he said. "I don't have a crystal ball.

Chirac, you don't have any balls.

7 posted on 09/21/2003 11:04:54 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: lambo
France will not veto a US-backed Security Council resolution on the future of Iraq, President Jacques Chirac has said.

This may be Chiraq's position today. Tomorrow if he can screw America with a veto, he will use his veto.

Count on it.

8 posted on 09/21/2003 11:08:16 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Pikamax
Actually, I believe it was forgive Russia, ignore Germany, and

PUNISH FRANCE---

Condi Rice.
9 posted on 09/21/2003 11:23:16 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("...being wussies invites terrorist attacks, and kicking ass leads to security. "---Tom Adkins)
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To: Bob J
Chirac, you don't have any balls.

LOL, thanks, I don't usually do that this early on a Monday morning.

10 posted on 09/22/2003 2:59:25 AM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Courts will let it stay.)
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To: lambo
Chirac's in a bind. He wants that oil money NOW. Saddam must have owed France a lot of money. I wonder how much?
11 posted on 09/22/2003 3:12:38 AM PDT by Johnbalaya
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To: All
The UN should write the Iraqi constitution according to Chirac?
12 posted on 09/22/2003 4:35:07 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Sorry, that's a Bush statement. I find the text of this article a bit confusing this early in the morning. Need more caffein.
13 posted on 09/22/2003 4:38:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Johnbalaya
I think the problem is that Iraq can't trade with France under the present circumstances.
14 posted on 09/22/2003 4:41:07 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: lambo
Don't trust the French for a moment. They will be working behind the scenes to get others to veto any help for Iraq.
15 posted on 09/22/2003 4:55:20 AM PDT by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: lambo
Perhaps in light of the apparently successful boycott of French products by Americans sick of France, French greed is overcoming French cowardice.

But don't bother on my account, Ch'Iraq. My boycott of French products is now a small, but satisfying, part of my life.

16 posted on 09/22/2003 5:38:33 AM PDT by Semi Civil Servant
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To: lambo
these one liners are killing me. Jock-strap. c'mon. too good.
17 posted on 09/22/2003 7:26:21 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: lambo
Unilaterlist Bush does it again, without groveling like his haters wanted him to.
18 posted on 09/22/2003 7:55:16 AM PDT by VRWC_minion (Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: dixiechick2000
We went to our childs open house in high school last week. The French teacher's schedule has been cut back and assumes she will be teaching spanish as time goes on. Seems the parents of the middle school kids are pulling their kids out of French and towards Spanish.
19 posted on 09/22/2003 7:57:44 AM PDT by VRWC_minion (Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: VRWC_minion
President Bush does not buckle under pressure. That is one of his greatest qualities. I am proud of him and will proudly vote for him in 2004.
20 posted on 09/22/2003 8:03:53 AM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: lambo
I wonder what deal was struck, if this story is true.
21 posted on 09/22/2003 8:05:50 AM PDT by Sparta (CLARK 2004: Psychotic, perfumed prince, globalist, Clintonista, Saddam lover. What's not to love.)
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To: Wait4Truth
ChiracStandsAlone

Blair doesn't buckle either. Chirac is a fool and he's proving to the world. Life is good!

22 posted on 09/22/2003 8:13:18 AM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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To: VRWC_minion
The French teacher's schedule has been cut back and assumes she will be teaching spanish as time goes on. Seems the parents of the middle school kids are pulling their kids out of French and towards Spanish.

That's funny! Although it's kind of sad, too, since French is a fun language to study and learn. But what's the use of our kids learning a dying language?

23 posted on 09/22/2003 8:16:43 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: VRWC_minion
Unilaterlist Bush does it again, without groveling like his haters wanted him to.

Right, but there is a cost. The unilateralist label will forever stick.

France cannot afford to stick her neck out. Her only claim to world power is anachronistic Security Council veto, which will be lost if France obstructionism leads to reform. This is probably a total cave, but Chirac is pretending otherwise.

24 posted on 09/22/2003 8:25:49 AM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Rain-maker
how do you get images to display like this?
25 posted on 09/22/2003 8:52:46 AM PDT by Connservative
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To: VRWC_minion
"Seems the parents of the middle school kids are pulling their kids out of French and towards Spanish"

That makes sense. Spanish is a growing language in this country.

French is a beautiful language but, unless one is planning a visit to France, Spanish is much more useful.

26 posted on 09/22/2003 9:08:56 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("...being wussies invites terrorist attacks, and kicking ass leads to security. "---Tom Adkins)
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To: dixiechick2000
That makes sense

Except their was an abrupt change made by the parents during 2001 when the kids had already enrolled in French.

27 posted on 09/22/2003 9:19:54 AM PDT by VRWC_minion (Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: lambo
Powell, like the general that he is, has breached the diplomatic Maginot Line. We can soon expect a regular SitzKrieg of a debate in the UN and then we get the UN to formalize the fete accompli.
28 posted on 09/22/2003 9:22:03 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (There are two certainties. Death and Texas.)
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To: VRWC_minion
"Except their was an abrupt change made by the parents during 2001 when the kids had already enrolled in French."

Gosh, I really messed that one up.

By the parents? That is too cool!

29 posted on 09/22/2003 9:27:32 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("...being wussies invites terrorist attacks, and kicking ass leads to security. "---Tom Adkins)
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To: Connservative
Use html to display graphics.

Practice and learn here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/938739/posts
30 posted on 09/22/2003 4:21:05 PM PDT by Rain-maker
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31 posted on 09/22/2003 7:56:07 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe
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To: dixiechick2000; Pikamax
Sorry,
It was/is :Punish France, Ignore Germany, Forgive Russia.
I got an award for a previous tagline-and it was a Dr. Rice quote.
IMHO, France has not yet begun to suffer...
But I work towards that goal every day of my life!Or at least think about it whenever I make a consumer purchase.Or spec a commercial product.
32 posted on 09/22/2003 8:56:43 PM PDT by sarasmom (Pray for Terri Schiavo.Pray harder.Please!)
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To: sarasmom; Pikamax
I believe you are right. Sorry...my mistake.

"IMHO, France has not yet begun to suffer..."

Amen to that. I do my part with every purchase I make.

33 posted on 09/22/2003 9:07:02 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: RJL
Maybe ALL those who are left in the deck of cards have found a home in France?
34 posted on 09/23/2003 2:19:20 AM PDT by Squat
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