France-Germany Hatching a Plan
Saturday 08 February 2003
Germany (Reuters) -
France are working on a new plan
to try to avert war in
Iraq that would compel
Baghdad to admit thousands of U.N. troops to
enforce disarmament and tighter sanctions, a magazine said on Saturday.
A German government spokesman confirmed
Paris were working together to find a
peaceful alternative to war with
Iraq, but would not provide any
details of the efforts.
Germany’s leading news magazine
Der Spiegel said the idea had originated in the office of Chancellor Gerhard
Paris had been working on the details of the
initiative in secret talks since the beginning of the year.
Asked about the joint proposals at a major security
summit in the southern German city of
Munich, German Defense Minister Peter Struck
declined to comment, noting only that Schroederplanned to address the German
Iraq on Thursday.
A French Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to comment
on the report in Der Spiegel, but French diplomatic sources said: “We are
discussing with Security Council members what additional measures could be
introduced to bolster U.N. inspections.”
French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie told the
Paris believed inspections had proved more
effective than the Gulf War of 1991 in disarming
Iraq, but did not rule out
military action as a last resort to make
France has proposed reinforcing
the means given to inspectors, to reinforce the number of inspectors,” she
In an advance copy ahead of publication on Sunday, Der
Paris wanted to publish their proposal in
the next few days before weapons inspectors in
Iraq report back to the U.N.
Security Council on Friday.
Schroeder, who has angered
Washington with his opposition to any war
Iraq, would discuss the idea at
the weekend with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Der Spiegel said.
France would probably take over
driving the initiative forward and use it as a basis for a new Security
Council resolution proposal.
Initial reactions from
China and European Union president
Greece were positive, the magazine
said, while Pope John Paul offered German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer
support for the initiative at talks in the
Vatican on Friday.
France had not consulted
Washington or its European allies in
Rome, the magazine said.
In what the magazine said was a foretaste of the plan,
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin proposed intensifying weapons
inspections and offered French reconnaissance planes to support them this week
after Secretary of State Colin Powell presented new evidence of
Baghdad’s alleged weapons programs.
Der Spiegel said the initiative, which it said had been
dubbed “Project Mirage,” included the following proposals:
the some 150,000
U.S. troops already deployed to
the Gulf should stay in place to force
Baghdad to cooperate and be ready to invade
if it breaches the new proposed U.N. resolution
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein would be forced to admit thousands of
armed U.N. troops to oversee intensified weapons inspections in the whole
country as well as full disarmament,creating a de
facto “U.N. protectorate”
the number of weapons inspectors should be
tripled from the current 100 operating in
the no-fly zone over northern and southern
Iraq should be extended to cover
the whole country and French, German and
U.S. reconnaissance planes should
be allowed to patrol the skies
a permanent U.N. coordinator of arms
Iraq could be appointed
sanctions should be made more focused to
clamp down on oil smuggling by
Iraq’s neighbors and tighten
a special U.N. court should be established
to oversee infringements of the new resolution and human rights abuses
The magazine said the initiative could help Schroeder
out of the corner he seemed to have backed himself into over Iraq, risking
international isolation if he sticks to his anti-war stance but political
suicide at home if he changes course.
He could sell the proposal as a last-ditch bid to avert
war, allowing him to swing behind any military action if
Baghdad failed to go along with the plan, it
France pledged last month to
cooperate closely over
Iraq in the U.N. Security Council,
which is due to hear a new report from arms inspectors on February 14.
France is one of the Council’s
five veto-holding permanent members.
President Bush has said the United Nations must soon
decide whether to back his demand that
Iraq abandon its alleged chemical,
biological and nuclear programs or be disarmed by force.
Iraq denies having any such
(With additional reporting by Paul Carrel in
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