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Statement by Schröder on the Iraq crisis

Statement by Chancellor Schröder on the Iraq crisis

My fellow citizens, the world stands on the brink of a war.

My question was and still is:

Does the extent of the threat that emanates from the Iraqi dictator justify the use of war, something that will bring certain death to thousands of innocent men, women and children?

My answer in this case was and still is: No!"

Iraq is now a country subject to extensive UN monitoring. What the Security Council has demanded in the way of disarmament steps is being fulfilled more and more.

As such, there is no reason to interrupt this disarmament process now.

My government has worked hard together with our partners for the increasing success of Hans Blix and his staff.

We have always seen this as our contribution to peace in the world. This is in keeping with the basic values to which we feel committed.

I am deeply touched by the fact that a very large majority of our people share this view with me, along with a majority of the countries on the Security Council and the nations of the world. I have my doubts as to whether peace is going to be given a chance in the coming hours.

As desirable as it is that this dictator be removed from office, the objective of Resolution 1441 is to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction.

My fellow citizens,

whatever happens over the next few days or weeks, you may rest assured that my government will continue to avail itself of every opportunity, not matter how small, to promote peace.

The United Nations continues to be the framework for this.

You can also be sure that we will do everything we can to guarantee the security of our country in every conceivable way.

I took an oath to promote the welfare of our people and to protect them from harm. This applies first and foremost in times of war.

I will fulfill this duty and in doing so I place my confidence in your will for peace and your support.

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