china, russia unite for peaceful iraq solution

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    History repeats itself - only this time the US is the aggressor and the "allies" are Russia, Germany and France. Bush claims the US, after invading Iraq without UN ratification and without material evidence of any threat from Iraq, will not linger longer. Shades of Hitler's lies before the WW2.


    Foreign ministers of China and Russia say a war in Iraq can and should be avoided.

    A communique carried by the official Chinese Xinhua news agency follows talks in Beijing between Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and senior Chinese officials.

    They have reiterated their determination to press for a political solution to the Iraq issue.

    The two countries, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, have added their voices to calls for a longer and more vigorous inspection regime in Iraq.

    Neither Russia nor China has said whether they plan to veto a second resolution on Iraq tabled by the United States and Britain.


    Post-Saddam

    US President George W Bush says the US is not interested in having a continued presence in Iraq after a war to disarm Saddam Hussein.

    Mr Bush was speaking to members of a Washington think tank, aiming to put to rest doubts about America's post-war commitment to Iraq.

    "We will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more," he said.

    "America has made and kept this kind of commitment before - in the peace that followed a world war."

    He says the US will do what it can to get assist the Iraqi people after any military action.

    "We will ensure that one brutal dictator is not replaced by another. All Iraqis must have a voice in the new government, and all citizens must have their rights protected."

    Mr Bush spoke of his expectations for the region once Saddam is deposed.

    "A new regime in Iraq would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations of the region," he said.

    He also continued to put pressure on the United Nations Security Council to pass a new resolution authorising the use of force.

    "If the council responds to Iraq's defiance with more excuses and delays, if all its authority proves to be empty, the United Nations will be severely weakened as a source of stability and order," Bush said.

    "If the members rise to this moment, then the council will fulfill its founding purpose."


    Council to meet

    The deeply divided United Nations Security Council will hold a closed session on Iraq on Thursday [New York time] amid intense US-British lobbying to authorise war, but chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix says his teams need more months to work in Iraq.

    With a force of more than 200,000 US and British troops now in the Gulf, a resolution submitted by the United States, Britain and Spain this week can count on the support of only three or four certain votes.

    France, Germany and Russia submitted a memorandum at the same time, with Chinese and Syrian backing, calling for strengthened weapons inspections to avert conflict.

    The US resolution needs to secure nine votes to be passed along with the certainty that it will not be vetoed by one of the other permanent council members.

    Britain and the United States have indicated they would like a vote by mid-March.

    Six of the 10 non-permanent members of the council - Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Guinea, Mexico and Pakistan - who are considered the most likely to support a resolution, are now at the centre of frenzied lobbying.

    The 10 non-permanent members met on Tuesday with the representatives of the more inspections campaign led by France.

    They were then to meet supporters of force to oust Saddam.
 
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