Malaysia urges NAM council members to vote against war in Iraq

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  • Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia hopes that the six non-permanent members of the UN Security Council will reject the resolution proposed by the United States, Britain and Spain that will set the stage for a military strike on Iraq. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said he hoped Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Guinea, Pakistan and Syria, which are Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members, would support the stance taken by France, Germany and Russia against war in Iraq. 

“We hope the NAM non-permanent members of the council will be able to make a decision on principle and go according to the recent NAM Summit resolutions opposing war and wanting peaceful solutions,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby after the opening of the fifth session of the 10th Parliament by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong here. 

Syed Hamid said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in his capacity as NAM chairman, had written to all the Security Council members urging them not to support the initiative by US President George W. Bush to wage war on Iraq. 

“War should not be put at the forefront, it should be put at the back. We should try to achieve diplomatic and political solutions,” Syed Hamid said. 

He said world public opinion against war and the outcry for multilateral process were being ignored by the United States and its allies. 

The Security Council is expected to vote this week on a second resolution, proposed by the United States, Britain and Spain, that would set the stage for a military strike on Iraq by declaring it in non-compliance with UN disarmament demands. 

The resolution needs nine votes to pass while avoiding a veto by any of the permanent members. – Bernama 

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