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France to back UN resolution on Iraq

June 08, 2004 13:00 IST
France will back a US-British draft resolution on Iraq's sovereignty in the UN Security Council after many of its demands have been met, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Tuesday.

He told French radio although the latest draft ignored a French request to give Iraq a veto over US military operations, that would not prevent Paris from backing the resolution.

Barnier said he expected the Security Council to vote on the matter later Tuesday or Wednesday. He hailed the fact that "for the first time" in this matter there had been a "real dialogue" between France and the United States, which have been working at patching up their differences over Iraq in recent months. Amid weeks of haggling, Monday's version of the resolution was the fourth presented by the United States and Britain.

AFP