Chirac calls for Berlin seaton UN Security Council
19 November 2004, LONDON - President Jacques Chirac criticised on Friday military intervention without the support of the United Nations and called for UN reform to pave the way for Germany, Japan and India becoming permanent members of the Security Council.
19 November 2004
LONDON - President Jacques Chirac criticised on Friday military intervention without the support of the United Nations and called for UN reform to pave the way for Germany, Japan and India becoming permanent members of the Security Council.
He was speaking on the second and final day of a state visit to mark 100 years of the Entente Cordiale that ended centuries of rivalry between France and Britain with the French President saying there was "true friendship" between Paris and London.
Chirac nevertheless used the visit to stress differences over the invasion of Iraq.
Speaking to students at Oxford University, Chirac said France and Britain had "never worked in closer cooperation" than in the current fight against terrorism.
He also said the history and values shared by Europe and America had forged a link so strong that it "cannot be challenged by anybody".
But, in a clear attack on the United States and its main ally Britain, he came out against military intervention without UN support.
"It's not for any given country to consider that a situation is open to stepping in and interfering. It's up to the international community to do so, in particular the UN which alone has the authority to interfere," he said.
Chirac went on to call for UN reform, saying Germany, Japan and India should be allowed to become permanent members of the Security Council.
Earlier he laid a wreath at the tomb of King Edward VII, the British monarch in power when the entente cordiale was signed on 8 April 1904.
Following talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday, Chirac said the two countries were in agreement on the need for a peaceful and stable Iraq.
And he stressed that Britain and France were in agreement on "manifold areas", apart from their differences over Iraq.
The French president, accompanied by his wife Bernadette, was the guest of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Thursday evening for a gala performance of Les Miserables.
Subject: German news