Russia joins with France and Germany

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Mon Feb 10 13:38:15 MST 2003

3 Nations Call for Alternative to Iraq War

PARIS, Feb. 10 — France, Russia and Germany issued a joint declaration 
today calling for intensified weapons inspections as an alternative to 
war in Iraq and publicly closing ranks against the United States for the 
first time in post-Cold War history.

"Russia, Germany and France note that the position they express 
coincides with that of a large number of countries, within the Security 
Council in particular," the declaration read.

The declaration appeared to be a veiled warning to the United States 
that the three could block any attempt to pass a second Security Council 
resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. All three 
countries are members of the United Nations Security Council and France 
and Russia, as permanent members, have the the power to veto resolutions.

The declaration said the debate over the presence of weapons of mass 
destruction in Iraq "must continue in the spirit of friendship and 
respect that characterizes our relations with the United States," and 
Mr. Chirac added that the transatlantic alliance remains sound.

But the French president stated flatly that "nothing today justified a 
war," adding that "in my view, there's no indisputable proof" that 
weapons of mass destruction exist in Iraq.


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