France hails 'important' step of Iraq resolution

9th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

SEA ISLAND, Georgia, June 8 (AFP) - France, a chief opponent of the war in Iraq, welcomed the unanimous UN Security Council resolution Tuesday on the restoration of Iraqi self-rule as an "important" step for the country.

SEA ISLAND, Georgia, June 8 (AFP) - France, a chief opponent of the war in Iraq, welcomed the unanimous UN Security Council resolution Tuesday on the restoration of Iraqi self-rule as an "important" step for the country.

Spokeswoman Catherine Colonna said the text had been repeatedly "amended and improved" at the request of France, Germany and Russia before its formal adoption by a 15-0 vote in New York.

Colonna called the resolution, which endorses a new interim government for Iraq and authorises US-led troops to remain at Baghdad's request, "an important text for pursuing the political process in Iraq."

"France notes with satisfaction that the Security Council was able to achieve unanimity," she said outside the opening of a summit of the Group of Eight world powers.

Colonna said the resolution "clearly reflects the return of sovereignty to the Iraqis" whether it be over the country's oil resources or control of security forces.

Iraq "will also have its say on sensitive operations conducted by the multinational force" that will stay on in Iraq past the June 30 handover of political power, she said.

But Colonna added that France would have liked to have "more specifics" on this point.

"What we want is that the situation in Iraq be better after June 30 than before and that the international community has a better chance of succeeding in its effort at political and economic stabilisation and reconstruction," she said.

© AFP

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