Washington, Sept 09: France is drafting a two-stage plan today that could lead to United Nations authorization of military force against Iraq, French President Jacques Chirac said in an interview in today's ‘New York Times’.
Chirac told the newspaper that under the French plan, a Security Council resolution would give Iraq a three-week deadline for admitting United Nations weapons inspectors
"without restrictions or preconditions".
If Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein rejects their return or hampers their work, he said, a second resolution should be
passed on whether to use military force.
The French President said that France would work on drafting this second resolution. Chirac did not commit France to providing combat troops.
The French President called Saddam a leader who "is especially dangerous to his own people.”
"I don't need to tell you that I condemn the regime in Iraq, naturally, for all the reasons we know, for all the dangers that it puts on the region and the tragedy it constitutes for the Iraqi people who are held hostage by it," he told the daily.
But Chirac told ‘The Times’ that while he would like to see a new regime in Baghdad, any attempt to oust Saddam Hussein without the backing of a security council resolution would create chaos in global affairs.
Chirac described the Bush administration doctrine of pre-emptive military action in its fight against terrorism as "extraordinarily dangerous".
On the topic of ousting the Iraqi leader, he said, "I do wish for it, naturally. But a few principles and a little order are needed to run the affairs of the world."