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A new resolution and an opposing memo

©Associated Press

February 25, 2003

Key points of the U.S.-British-Spanish draft Security Council resolution on Iraq and of a French, German and Russian memorandum.

The draft resolution:

-- Refers to previous Security Council resolutions on Iraq, including one passed in August 1990 after Iraq's invasion of neighboring Kuwait, and Resolution 1441, passed on Nov. 8, 2002.

-- Recalls that Resolution 1441 found Iraq in "material breach of its obligations" but afforded it "a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations."

-- Citing the section of the U.N. Charter that allows for military enforcement, the draft asks the council to decide that "Iraq has failed to take the final opportunity afforded to it in Resolution 1441."

The French, German and Russian memorandum:

-- Says "the Security Council must step up its efforts to give a real chance to the peaceful settlement of this crisis" and "the military option should only be a last resort."

-- Says "no evidence has been given that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction or capabilities in this field" and that inspections "are functioning without hindrance."

-- Calls for a "clear program of action" for weapons inspectors to disarm Iraq peacefully.

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