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US President George W Bush: “The United Nations Security Council, in Resolution 1441, has declared Iraq in material breach of its longstanding obligations, demanding once again Iraq's full and immediate disarmament, and promised serious consequences if the regime refused to comply. That resolution was passed unanimously and its logic is inescapable; the Iraqi regime will disarm itself, or the Iraqi regime will be disarmed by force. And the regime has not disarmed itself.”
Voice of America - Bush Says Monday to be Final Day for Iraq Diplomatic Efforts - Paula Wolfson Lajes Field, The Azore Islands
U.S. President George W. Bush says Monday will be the final day for diplomatic efforts to pass a United Nations resolution giving Iraq an ultimatum to disarm or face military action.
He said Monday will be a "moment of truth for the world."
At a news conference, the president said "tomorrow is the day that we will determine whether or not diplomacy can work."
Standing side-by-side with the leaders of Spain and Britain, the president promised a strong last minute push to convince Security Council members to back their resolution on Iraq.
Reuters - Blix sees divided signals from Azores summit
STOCKHOLM, - Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Sunday the U.S.-British-Spanish summit on Iraq seemed to end with a divided message.
Blix told Swedish public service SVT2 television he did not rule out visiting Baghdad but also that the U.N. was prepared to evacuate the weapons inspectors at short notice.
Washington Post - LAJES AIRBASE, Azores –
Monday will be "a moment of truth for the world," President Bush and America's few steadfast allies on Iraq decided Sunday at a summit conference here.
Bush did not outline specifics but his remarks left many convinced there's only one day left to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The U.S. has repeatedly said it will use military force to disarm Iraq if peaceful means fail.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein immediately threatened war "anywhere in the world," denied again that he has weapons of mass destruction and asked who appointed the U.S. to be the judge of who gets what weapons.
The Independent – UK - The Final Charade
Despite the build-up of hopes surrounding today's "peace summit" in the Azores, Tony Blair is expected to admit to George Bush that the hunt for a "UN route" to war has failed, opening the prospect of an American-led assault on Iraq at any time.
The admission comes as Mr Blair, President Bush and the Spanish premier, Jose Maria Aznar, meet in mid-Atlantic to consider how to proceed after the failure to achieve a second resolution at the UN.
CNN - BERLIN (CNN) -- The German Foreign Ministry is urging Germans to leave Iraq as President Bush's "coalition of the willing" continues preparations for war.
A ministry spokesman said Sunday that the German embassy staff in Baghdad would help make arrangements for any Germans who wish to leave.
The German charges d'affaires is expected the leave Iraq for Amman, Jordan, and close the embassy within the next three days, the spokesman said.