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[casi] German Officials’ Quotes - War - Disarmament – Inspections

Note: Germany will be a Security Council member 2003-2005.
Note: To pass, a Security Council resolution requires 9 votes and no vetoes.
Note: Germany will hold the Security Council presidency in February 2003.
Note: Germany chairs the 661 (sanctions) Committee.

German Official Statements on a War on Iraq, Disarmament and Inspections
* German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer
* German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder


Source: Security Council, 4688th meeting, S/PV.4688, provisional verbatim

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, statement to Security Council
meeting on “Combating Terrorism”, 20 January 2003

[begin] Allow me to comment here on the current situation. We are greatly
concerned that a military strike against the regime in Baghdad would involve
considerable and unpredictable risks for the global fight against terrorism.
We have no illusions about the brutal nature of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Therefore, we all demand that Baghdad implement the relevant United Nations
resolutions in full and without exceptions. However, in addition to
disastrous consequences for long-term regional stability, we also fear
possible negative repercussions for the joint fight against terrorism. These
are fundamental reasons for our rejection of military action. What we need
is a system of global cooperative security. Asymmetrical conflicts in
particular must be countered with an international system of sanctions and
verification mechanisms. It is the United Nations that provides us with the
appropriate global framework for that.

Thirdly, our fight must always be legitimized under international law. It
must respect national and international law, human rights and the United
Nations Charter. Human rights in particular should not be suspended under
the pretext of combating terrorism. After all, this fight is not only about
defending our security, but also about our fundamental values – freedom,
democracy and human rights. Let me say once more that we cannot achieve
these goals without the international coalition against terrorism. We must
preserve and cultivate it, and it would be best if we did so within the
framework of the United Nations. [end]


Source: Dafna Linzer, “U.S. Poised for Military Action in Iraq, Allies Say
There’s No Justification Now for War, Associated Press, 21 January 2003

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

[begin] Don't expect Germany to approve a resolution legitimizing war, don't
expect it. [end]


Source: Paul Carrel, France, “Germany Oppose Rush Into Iraq War”, Reuters,
22 January 2003,;jsessionid=B2QUEGVKDDPYICRBAELCFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=2091751

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, joint press encounter with French
President Jacques Chirac following Fortieth anniversary of the Elysée
Treaty, 22 January 2003

[begin] We [Germany and France] agree completely to harmonize our positions
as closely as possible to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis. [end]


Nathaniel Hurd
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