Chirac sees 'good basis' in Iraq resolution

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - President George W. Bush has telephoned French President Jacques Chirac to express "the desire of the US to work with France on Iraq," Chirac's spokeswoman Catherine Colonna said Tuesday.

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - President George W. Bush has telephoned French President Jacques Chirac to express "the desire of the US to work with France on Iraq," Chirac's spokeswoman Catherine Colonna said Tuesday.

In their conversation Chirac told the American leader that his proposed UN resolution on the future of Iraq is a good "basis for discussion" but needs further work, Colonna said. He said France would work "in a positive spirit."

Chirac said that the proposed resolution "contains some positive points and others on which talks deserve to be continued, so that the resolution encourages the appearance very clearly of a political perspective in Iraq," she said."

Chirac said attention needed to be paid to the responsibilities of the future Iraqi government - notably its control over oil resources - as well as security and the mandate of a future multinational force, she said.

He "reiterated his belief that the transfer of sovereignty must be real and perceived as such by the Iraqis themselves," Colonna said.

Relations between France and the United States were badly damaged by the war in Iraq, and conversations between the two leaders have been rare and formal.

Earlier French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said the proposed UN resolution on Iraq drawn up by the United States and Britain must be improved if it is to ensure a credible handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.

© AFP

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