Berlin urges restraint on Iraqpower-transfer resolution

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30 April 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder this week urged restraint on action in the United Nations Security Council on any resolution regarding transfer of authority in war-torn Iraq. Speaking in a televised interview, the German leader said he believed the findings of United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi should be reviewed by the UN Security Council before any new resolution comes to a vote. "Only after these findings are in front of us should countries such as Germany, France,

30 April 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder this week urged restraint on action in the United Nations Security Council on any resolution regarding transfer of authority in war-torn Iraq.

Speaking in a televised interview, the German leader said he believed the findings of United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi should be reviewed by the UN Security Council before any new resolution comes to a vote.

"Only after these findings are in front of us should countries such as Germany, France, Spain or Britain actually vote on the matter," he said on N24 television.

"It is important to take these things one step at a time," he said.

His remarks came after he and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero agreed in Berlin Wednesday evening on forging a tripartite alliance with France to draft a new resolution to the Iraq crisis in conjunction with Britain and the United States.

Zapatero said his Socialists had opposed the US-led assault against Iraq from the start, as had Germany and France, and that it was paramount that full Iraqi sovereignty be re-established as speedily as possible.

He said concrete proposals to that end were the subject of "intense negotiations" by European allies and the United States.

Zapatero followed up his talks with Schroeder in Berlin Wednesday with discussions in Paris Thursday with French President Jacques Chirac.

In Paris, Chirac said Thursday that the Security Council may not pass a resolution transferring power from the US-led coalition to an Iraqi government.

He said that Europe would certainly approve the propositions on establishing a transitional Iraqi government made Tuesday by Brahimi.

But he added, "If these propositions can be transformed into an international decision sufficiently clear and firm to be adopted by the Security Council and serve as a basis for the economic, political and social reconstruction of Iraq, I am less certain."

DPA

Subject: German news 

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