[Homestead] U.N. Head Babbler and Do-Nothing Specialist Kofi Annan does eyeball-rolling bit agin
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Thu Sep 16 13:17:08 EDT 2004
u-u--re---every Mud-Hut Magnate and Tin-Pot Dictator (including Chirac
and Kofi Annan) should dictate U.S. foreign policy---what could be more
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Britain, Australia reject Annan's claim of 'illegal' Iraq war
The Associated Press
September 16, 2004, 10:56 AM EDT
LONDON -- U.S. allies Britain and Australia on Thursday rejected a claim
by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the war in Iraq was "illegal"
because Washington and its coalition partners never got Security Council
backing for the invasion.
Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman reminded reporters that
Britain's attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, had found before the war
that Britain was acting legally, citing three U.N. resolutions he said
justified the use of force against the Saddam Hussein regime.
Britain was a leading supporter of the U.S.-led March 2003 invasion that
ousted Saddam, which followed months of bitter debate in the 15-nation
Australian Prime Minister John Howard -- a staunch U.S. supporter who
defied widespread public anger to participate in the invasion -- also
dismissed claims that the military action violated international law.
"There had been a series of Security Council resolutions and the advice
we had (was) that it was entirely legal," Howard told Perth radio
Annan told British Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday that the
U.S.-led invasion did not conform to the United Nations charter.
The charter allows nations to take military action with Security Council
approval, such as during the Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War.
But in 2003, in the buildup to the Iraq war, the United States dropped
an attempt to get a Security Council resolution approving the invasion
when it became clear it would not pass.
"I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time --
without U.N. approval and much broader support from the international
community," Annan told the BBC.
At the time, Annan had underlined the lack of legitimacy for a war
without U.N. approval, saying: "If the United States and others were to
go outside the Security Council and take unilateral action they would
not be in conformity with the charter."
On Wednesday, after being asked three times whether the lack of council
approval meant the war was illegal, Annan said: "From our point of view
and the 1/8U.N. 3/8 charter point of view, it was illegal."
France, which led the opposition to the war, steered clear of the debate
Asked to respond to Annan's comments, French Foreign Ministry spokesman
Herve Ladsous said simply: "You know our position."
"We had the opportunity at the time to express ourselves very clearly,"
British Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt said she also
disagreed with Annan.
"There have always been different views on that matter and ... of course
I respect his views on this matter and I regret that we disagree with
them," Hewitt told BBC radio, adding the important thing now was to help
Iraqis achieve "a safe, secure, democratic Iraq."
Japan's top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki
Hosoda, said his country, also a U.S. supporter in Iraq, would seek
clarification about Annan's remarks.
Annan also said that the wave of violence engulfing Iraq puts in doubt
the national elections scheduled for January.
There could not be "credible elections if the security conditions
continue as they are now," he told the BBC.
On Tuesday, Annan's top envoy to Iraq, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, said the
security situation will be the overriding factor in determining how many
U.N. international staffers can return to Iraq. There is now a ceiling
of 35 U.N. staff in the country.
Qazi spoke Tuesday at a Security Council meeting called to discuss
Annan's latest report on Iraq, which warned that violence could make it
more difficult to create the conditions for successful elections. Iraqi
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has said he is determined to hold the
election by Jan. 31.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Danforth, all but ruled
out any delay beyond the Jan. 31 deadline for elections in Iraq's
"Let there be no doubt: We are committed to this timetable," he told
council members Tuesday.
The Australian prime minister praised the humanitarian work of the
United Nations but said the organization was too often "paralyzed" by
the need for consensus among its members, pointing to the crisis in Sudan.
"The body is paralyzed. It is not doing much and the reason is you can't
get agreement among the major powers," Howard said.
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