Jiang tells Chirac new resolution unnecessary

11 March 2003
Chinese President Jiang Zemin told French President Chirac in a telephone call on 11 March that it is unnecessary to have a new resolution from the UN Security Council on the Iraq issue, the official Chinese newsagency Xinhua reported sources in the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying.

Xinhua reported that Jiang said China has been paying close attention to the development of the Iraq situation. The new report submitted by two UN institutions several days ago indicated that nuclear inspections had made progress.

'Our stand does not change,' Jiang was quoted as saying. Xinhua reported that Jiang told Chirac that nuclear inspections should be carried on and the Iraq issue should be settled by political means within the framework of the UN. 'It is unnecessary to have a new resolution,' Jiang said.

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