Bush bid to woo Schroederon UN Iraq resolution

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1 June 2004 , WASHINGTON - US President George W. Bush has telephoned German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to try to win the support of one of the chief critics of the Iraq war for a new UN resolution on the Middle East country. "They spoke about achieving a strong resolution in support of the new Iraqi government and the Iraq people," White House spokeswoman Pamela Stevens said about the 10-minute conversation. A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry called the conversation substantial and constructive

1 June 2004

WASHINGTON - US President George W. Bush has telephoned German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to try to win the support of one of the chief critics of the Iraq war for a new UN resolution on the Middle East country.

"They spoke about achieving a strong resolution in support of the new Iraqi government and the Iraq people," White House spokeswoman Pamela Stevens said about the 10-minute conversation.

A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry called the conversation substantial and constructive.

The United States and Britain, the lead occupying powers in Iraq, presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council pledging a full transfer of sovereignty to Iraq on 30 June but also requesting no limit on their military command.

Germany, as a member of the 15-nation council, will vote on the resolution, and Schroeder has expressed support for the transfer of power but also has said the resolution could use improvements. He requested more details on the form of Iraq's sovereignty, on its security architecture and the UN role in Iraq.

Negotiations over the resolution are to be stepped up this week after the expected naming of the interim government that is to take over from the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council on 30 June.

Bush and Schroeder will also have a chance to discuss the resolution in person Sunday during commemorations of the D-Day invasion in France and later that week at the G8 summit of seven of the world's leading economies and Russia on Sea Island, Georgia.

DPA

Subject: German news

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