Chirac: no military solution to violence in Iraq

17th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France, May 17 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday expressed dismay after the killing of the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, reiterating a call for a quick transition to full Iraqi self-rule.

VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France, May 17 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday expressed dismay after the killing of the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, reiterating a call for a quick transition to full Iraqi self-rule.

"I am dismayed by these waves of violence in Iraq," Chirac told reporters in Villiers-le-Bel, north of Paris, where he was attending the inauguration of a national youth job training centre.

Chirac said he was "as convinced as ever that there is no military solution, that a political solution is needed" to stop the violence in Iraq.

"I hope such a solution will be found through the transfer of sovereignty and power to a truly Iraqi government, as quickly as possible," the French president added.

The current head of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, Ezzedine Salim, was killed in a suicide car bombing on Monday outside the US-led coalition's headquarters.

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