Fischer upbeat on Bush UN Iraq draft

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 strongly opposed the Iraq war. 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 n

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 strongly opposed the Iraq war.

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.

 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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