- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2003

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (UPI) — U.N. Security Council members' first public reaction to the U.N. inspectors' report was weighted strongly in favor of giving the search for weapons of mass destruction more time. A sampling:

"I think one can conclude that the inspectors are doing a great job which should definitely go on … War is no alternative." Joschka Fischer, German foreign minister.

"At the present time, there is no need to adopt new resolutions on Iraq," Yuri Fedotov, Russian deputy foreign minister

"There's clear evidence now that Saddam has made this a charade of an inspection: Cooperating on process, but not on substance." Jack Straw, U.K. foreign secretary.

"I think it is the opinion of most of the members that since we have started this process and there is no clear reason to stop it, that we should continue," Zhang Yishan, Chinese deputy ambassador to the United Nations.

"They are not cooperating unconditionally. In the days ahead, we believe the (Security) Council and its member governments must face its responsibilities…(Iraq) has an active program of denial and deception." John Negroponte, US ambassador to the United Nations.

"(It is) important that the inspectors' work be carried out within the time needed." Dominique de Villepin, French foreign minister.

"(It is) necessary to accept the inspectors' work." Ahmed Maher, Egyptian foreign minister.

"The inspectors are there. Iraq is under scrutiny… Why the rush to war? Is it too much to invest some time in peace?" Yahya Mahmassani, Arab League representative at the United Nations.

"We are doing everything. We are co-operating in every way…Iraq has fully complied with all its obligations according to Resolution 1441." Mohammed Aldouri, Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations.

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