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Powell says Chirac's concerns misplaced

Colin Powell has said that French President Jacques Chirac's concerns about Washington's desire to secure a UN boost for the legitimacy of the conflict in Iraq were misplaced.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2003 10:41 IST

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that French President Jacques Chirac's concerns about Washington's desire to secure a UN boost for the legitimacy of the conflict in Iraq were misplaced.

"President (Jacques) Chirac said that, and he also implied that he would not support any resolution that would provide legitimacy to the military operation we are conducting," Powell said on Monday.

"Well, we haven't asked for any such resolution now, because we don't need one. We believe 1441 is more than adequate justification, with its underlying resolution, 678 and 687, to support what we are doing."

"So this is a misplaced concern on his part," Powell stressed. "We need no further legitimacy for what we are doing."

"And as we move forward, I think that the coalition of the willing that will be in charge of Iraq for as short a period of time as we can make it, until we can turn it over to Iraqi authorities, an interim Iraqi authority, and then finally an Iraqi government, you will see that we will get, I think, the UN support that we need for that, because the UN realises that all we're interested in is rebuilding the country and bringing a better life to the Iraqi people."

First Published: Mar 25, 2003 10:41 IST