September 21, 2003

WHO'D WANT TO GO ON LIVING?:

Chirac says ‘non’ to Blair’s plea to bury Iraq hatchet: French block Bush plan to send UN troops to restore peace (James Cusick, 9/21/03, Sunday Herald)

GEORGE W BUSH’S hopes of Tony Blair delivering a last-minute deal for a new United Nations resolution on Iraq were dashed by France yesterday.

The US president had hoped that Blair could persuade French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to back a new US-backed UN Security Council resolution on Iraq to “internationalise” the occupation of Iraq before he addresses the UN general assembly on Tuesday.

However, Blair failed to heal the gulf, with Chirac insisting that “we still do not agree on Iraq” and that he would only give his support if there was a swift return “within a few months” of sovereignty to the Iraqi people under UN auspices and not that of the US.

The White House is said to be furious with Chirac since France, as one of the five permanent members of the UN’s 15-strong Security Council, can veto any bid by the US to pass a new resolution on Iraq.


Maybe those ten thousand old folks this Summer didn't just die of neglect but of embarrassment at being French.

MORE:
-Healing the wounds of war: Without UN help Blair and Bush face a long, expensive conflict. If the French have anything to do with it, that help will never arrive (James Cusick, 9/21/03, Sunday Herald)

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2003 11:46 PM
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