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    Russia, Syria want Iraq to speak at UN By Masood Haider UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1: Russia and Syria on Friday said that Iraq should be allowed to speak at the UN
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      Russia, Syria want Iraq to speak at UN


      By Masood Haider

      UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1: Russia and Syria on Friday said that Iraq
      should be allowed to speak at the UN Security Council meeting next
      Wednesday when US Secretary of State Colin Powell provided evidence
      against Baghdad.

      Initially, Syria, a non-permanent member of the council, made the
      request which was endorsed by the Russian Ambassador to the United
      Nations, Sergei Lavrov, who said Iraq had every right to address the
      council under the provisions of the UN Charter.

      Diplomats here said that a decision to invite Iraq to speak could be
      made on Monday following consultations. Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister,
      Tariq Aziz, could come to New York to rebut US charges on its
      weapons' programme.

      Foreign Ministers of 10 members of the Security Council, - Russian,
      France, Britain, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria Mexico, Chile, Syria and
      Pakistan - are expected to be at hand when Powell shows alleged new
      evidence against Iraq

      Germany, one of the most outspoken opponent of war, assumed the
      rotating presidency of the Security Council on Saturday for the month
      of February.

      The other 13 council delegates will draw lots to determine the
      speaking order, and will be limited to about 10 minutes. The UN
      weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei are also expected
      to attend but not speak.

      Council members agreed that no formal council statement or resolution
      would be issued or voted on at the meeting's end.

      Meanwhile, the opposition to an imminent US invasion of Iraq
      continued to grow in the United States as lawmakers on Capitol Hill
      spoke out against Mr Bush's impatience with UN inspections.

      SADDAM EXILE: Iraq's UN ambassador on Friday dismissed the idea of
      his President Saddam going into exile to prevent a war.

      US President said on Thursday he would welcome Saddam's exile, but
      ambassador Mohammed Aldouri said Iraq was not taking the idea
      seriously.-Reuters

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top13.htm&date=20030202


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