UN Security Council backs Iraq resolution

17 October 2003
The UN Security Council on 16 October voted unanimously in favour of a revised US-drafted resolution on Iraq's future which recognises 'the Iraqi interim administration, which -embodies the sovereignty of the State of Iraq during the transitional period until an internationally recognised, representative government is established and assumes the responsibilities of the Authority'. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the 'outcome is a clear demonstration of the will of the members of the Security Council to place the interests of the Iraqi people above all other considerations'. The vote came hours after a meeting between the French, German and Russian leaders, after which German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced that the three would vote in favour of the resolution. The vote had been rescheduled for 16 October from the previous day, to give the three leaders time to discuss the resolution. Some observers have hailed the vote as a success for US diplomacy.

After the vote the three countries announced that they would not give any further financial or military support the coalition in addition to the Eur 200 million ($233 million) already offered by the EU. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said he thought the countries should reconsider their decision. 'This is not a matter of supporting the US or the coalition,' he said. 'It is a matter of helping people who are in need.'

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