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Key UN Nations Want Changes in Iraq Resolution - 2004-06-03


Key members of the UN Security Council have welcomed the new draft resolution on transferring sovereignty to Iraq, but say they are not fully satisfied.

Commenting on the revised U.S. -British draft resolution, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov said "the draft needs serious work" as many of Russia's concerns still remain. Mr. Fedotov told Russia's Interfax news agency today (Thursday), the new resolution must spell out, what he called "a transition from occupation to a democratic government."

Earlier, French President Jacques Chirac said the resolution "should affirm and confirm the full sovereignty of the Iraqi governmen -- particularly regarding the military."

Sseveral other council members also indicated they wanted some changes in the draft.

Iraq's interim Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari is to address an open meeting of the Security Council later today (Thursday).

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and REuters.

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