U.N. Iraq resolution draws mixed responses

May 25, 2004 at 11:36 AM
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NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- A U.N. resolution on turning over sovereignty to Iraq drew mild to positive responses Tuesday from Security Council members.

France's foreign minister said the resolution on plans for the handover of control to an Iraqi interim government June 30 needs work, the Financial Times reported.

"It is a draft, a draft which should be discussed and improved," said Michel Barnier, whose country holds veto powers at the U.N. Security Council.

The draft U.N. resolution presented Monday by the United States and United Kingdom purportedly endorses the formation of a sovereign interim Iraqi government by the end of June, but grants U.S.-led forces open-ended authority to take "all necessary measures" to maintain security.

Also Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer gave a somewhat more positive response to the resolution, the Chinese government's Xinhua news agency reported.

"I think there is a very good basis on which we can seek and reach a consensus," Fischer said.

He said the final version of the resolution would depend on a report presented by the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, May 31.

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