Fischer sees Bush UN Iraqdraft as basis for talks

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2004 , BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer was upbeat Tuesday on the American and British draft United Nations resolution which calls for a transfer of sovereignty to Iraq. "I think there is a very good basis on which we can seek and reach a consensus," said Fischer whose country joined France and Russia in strongly opposing the Iraq war. Germany, France and Russia have ruled out sending troops to Iraq.

25 May 2004

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer was upbeat Tuesday on the American and British draft United Nations resolution which calls for a transfer of sovereignty to Iraq.

"I think there is a very good basis on which we can seek and reach a consensus," said Fischer whose country joined France and Russia in strongly opposing the Iraq war.

Germany, France and Russia have ruled out sending troops to Iraq.

Fischer said final details of the UN Security Council resolution could only be hammered out after the United Nations envoy for Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, delivers a report on 31 May naming the Iraqi leaders of an interim government.

The German foreign minister, in remarks made after talks with Latvian Foreign Minister Rihards Piks, also emphasised it was crucial that sovereignty was fully transferred to Iraq on 30 June as scheduled.

According to the draft US resolution presented Monday, sovereignty is to be transferred to Iraq and there will be an initial one-year mandate for a US-led multinational force subject to approval by the Iraqi transitional government.

Direct Iraqi elections are to be held no later than 31 January 2005, the draft said.

Meanwhile Russia gave a wary response to the new US-British draft resolution on Iraq to be presented to the United Nations, citing lingering moot points in the proposed measures.

"This document raises many questions not just for Russia but other members of the UN Security Council and it must undergo further work," a senior foreign ministry source in Moscow told the Interfax news agency.

Russia's final appraisal of the draft depended on clarification of how the temporary Iraqi government will be formed before it is scheduled to take office next month.

Concerning intentions to place international forces in Iraq under US control after the transition, the source said the proposal did not cause an "allergic reaction" in Moscow, "especially as no one else wishes to assume the role".

At the same time, France has called for a "more credible" draft resolution on Iraq to be brought before the United Nations in New York by the United States and Britain.

The handover of governing power and sovereignty to Iraqis must be sincere, clear, comprehensive and realistic, said French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier Tuesday in Paris.

France wants to play an active part in bringing this "tragedy" to an end, he said, adding that he hoped France would be listened to this time.

According to the draft resolution, the UN would recognise a US military command along with a "sovereign" Iraqi state, which would take office next month

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