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Little hope for Anna in hot seat

Little hope for Annan in hot seat 

South News Feb 17 

United Nations: Secretary-General Kofi Annan will try again Tuesday to get US endorsement for a 
conciliatory mission to Iraq that could avert a US military strike. 

Annan is in the hot seat with the US rushing to war with Iraq said the five permanent Security 
members needed "a little more time" to complete their deliberations, following a third meeting 
among officials from the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China. 

But Washington does not appear to want an 11th hour solution to the Iraqi crisis as the Clinton 
administration sought to prepare the American people for war with Iraq. 

Defense Secretary William Cohen, using unusually harsh language, warned Annan if he did anything 
inconsistent with UN resolutions he would call "into question the credibility of the United Nations 
ultimately, its viability as an institution that has any respect." 

Iraq's UN ambassador Nizar Hamdoon said US officials at Monday's meeting submitted a paper and 
wanted Annan to go to Iraq "and just deliver it as a messenger" rather than attempt to find a 

Iraqi Papers on Tuesday accused the United States of hampering the  UN Secretary-General  to 
negotiate a 
solution to the crisis over weapons inspections said Washington was ``beating the drums of war'' by 
blocking the trip. 
The  al-Qadissiya newspaper blasted Cohen and said Annan, at the helm of the world body, should not 
be a 
messenger ``carrying a letter from the Pentagon to Iraq.'' 

``His excellency (Cohen) likes Annan to be a mere official at the Pentagon ... This shows how 
immoral and arrogant (Cohen) is,'' said the newspaper 
Representatives of the five nations -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China -- was 
to meet again Tuesday. Annan planned to address the full 15-member council Wednesday before 
on the trip, which many believe, could be the last chance to avert a military confrontation in the 

Iraqi officials welcomed a visit from Annan, hoping he could negotiate a breakthrough in the 
standoff. But 
upping the stakes Cohen told CNN he was sending 5,000 to 6,000 more American troops to Kuwait to 
ensure Iraq did not threaten the emirate or neighboring Saudi Arabia. 

This would bring to between 9,700 and 10,000 the number of U.S. ground troops in the Gulf region. 
President Clinton and his top advisers prepared to sell the need for military strikes to the 
American people. 
Cohen, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Adviser Samuel Berger will all 
at Ohio State University on Wednesday to explain US policy. 

Former UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, a Peruvian, made a similar visit shortly 
before the 
1991 Gulf War, presenting demands without negotiating power 

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