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Chirac: Iraq resolution must be "seriously improved"
www.chinaview.cn 2004-05-28 10:38:26

    MEXICO CITY, May 27 (Xinhuanet) -- French President Jacques Chiracsaid Thursday the US-British UN resolution on Iraq "must be seriously improved" to guarantee the future Iraqi government's "full sovereignty," according to reports from Guatemalan capital Guatemala City.

    Chirac, who is on a visit to Guatemala ahead of a summit meeting in Mexico, made the remarks at a joint press conference held at the National Culture Palace with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger.

    The French president called the coalition proposal "a serious basis," but said there should be guarantees that the Iraqi interimgovernment, due to be sworn in on June 30, will recover control ofits security and natural resources.

    The interim Iraqi government "must have a decision-making capacity on the commitment of its own forces and on major operations of the international force there," Chirac said.

    It is essential to "offer Iraq an authentic political perspective so that it will recovers its full sovereignty after June 30," said Chirac, warning that otherwise "its situation will deteriorate."

    The future Iraqi government "must exert sovereignty in all aspects -- social, economic, political and cultural, but above allmust be able to control the natural resources," the French president added.

    He also said that the UN Security Council resolution must "temporarily limit" the presence of international forces in Iraq, so that the government to be elected next January can request its ending."

    On Tuesday, Chirac underscored in a phone call with US President George W. Bush that the future Iraqi government's responsibilities should be well studied concerning the control of the country's oil resources and security, as well as the international force's mandate.

    Chirac travels Thursday night to the Mexican city of Guadalajara to attend the 3rd summit of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean on Friday and Saturday. Enditem

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