Chalabi praises U.S., Britain and U.N.

Oct. 3, 2003 at 8:11 AM
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A member of the Iraqi Governing Council thanked U.S. and British forces for liberating the Iraqi people and praised the United Nations.

"To those who stood with the dictator and who continue to question the intentions of the American and British governments in undertaking this liberation, we invite you to come and visit the mass graves where half-a-million of our citizens lie," Ahmed Chalabi said at the close of the two-week session of the U.N. General Assembly.

The Washington Times said Friday the speech followed fierce criticism of the latest U.S. draft resolution broadening the U.N. role in Iraq's reconstruction, including unusually harsh words from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and continuing objections by key nations on the U.N. Security Council.

Representatives of China, France and Germany expressed their reservations after a three-hour meeting Thursday afternoon, as did other council members Mexico, Pakistan, Angola, Chile and Syria.

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