Tuesday, January 21
France Vows to Block Resolution on Iraq War
By Glenn Kessler and Colum Lynch, Washington Post , January 21, 2003
U.S. Schedule Put at Risk By U.N. Debate

UNITED NATIONS -- France suggested today it would wage a major diplomatic fight, including possible use of its veto power, to prevent the U.N. Security Council from passing a resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.

France's opposition to a war, emphatically delivered here by Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, is a major blow for the Bush administration, which has begun pouring tens of thousands of troops into the Persian Gulf in preparation for a military conflict this spring. .... (more)

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