Russia joins with France and Germany
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Mon Feb 10 13:38:15 MST 2003
3 Nations Call for Alternative to Iraq War
By CRAIG S. SMITH
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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