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[casi] Re: Where is Lord Goldsmith?

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For Bert G:

I found four LexisNexis entries for Goldsmith/Financial Times. Here is one:

Agence France Presse

October 7, 2002 Monday

HEADLINE: An attack to oust Saddam would be illegal: press


British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been warned by his top legal advisers that any armed attack 
on Iraq aimed at ousting Saddam Hussein would breach international law, the Financial Times 
reported Monday.

The legal warnings are the reason why Blair's government has been careful to avoid any suggestion 
that its military threats are designed to force Saddam out, the paper said. The British line has 
concentrated on the aim of getting rid of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, while Washington has 
repeatedly spoken of "regime change".

Confidential advice from Attorney-general Lord Goldsmith and Solicitor General Harriet Harman sets 
out limited circumstances in which international law could allow military action in support of 
existing UN Security Council resolutions, and gives legal backing for action to enforce the fresh 
resolution under negotiation at the UN. But it rules out war to achieve regime change.

Were the government to breach international law, it could find itself before the International 
Court of Justice facing charges for breaching the UN charter, the paper said.

During an extraordinary debate on Iraq in the House of Commons last month, Blair promised that 
Britain would "always act in accordance with international law".

But US President George W. Bush has repeated his wish for regime change in Baghdad and Blair is in 
an "impossible position" should Washington attack Iraq unilaterally without UN approval, according 
to a legal expert cited by the Financial Times.

LOAD-DATE: October 7, 2002

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