Chirac doubts UN agrees Iraq power transfer

29th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 29 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday he was doubtful whether the UN Security Council will agree on a resolution confirming the handover of sovereignty from the US authorities to a new Iraqi government.

PARIS, April 29 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday he was doubtful whether the UN Security Council will agree on a resolution confirming the handover of sovereignty from the US authorities to a new Iraqi government.

"Europe I am sure will approve the propositions of the UN special envoy (Lakhdar) Brahimi" on the formation of an interim government in Iraq, Chirac said at a news conference.

"Can these ideas be translated into an international decision that is sufficiently clear and firm that it can be adopted by the Security Council and serve as a basis for political, economic and social reconstruction in Iraq - of that I am less sure," he said.

The US is hoping a UN security council resolution can be passed to lend legitimacy to its transfer of sovereignty due at the end of June.

Chirac said that it would "disastrous" to pass a watered-down text which gave a figurehead role to the UN while "in reality things do not change and the coalition continues to assure the reality of power."

He said France wanted a handover of Iraqi sovereignty that was "rapid, real, complete and visible."


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