Jewish World Review April 11, 2003 / 9 Nisan, 5763
Chirac Apologizes for Applauding Fall of Saddam
French President Jacques Chirac formally apologized today for his statement. that "France, like all democracies, is delighted at the fall of the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein."
A new statement issued by Mr. Chirac's office said, "I should not have spoken without first consulting the United Nations Security Council and drafting a proposed resolution. I hope my actions don't tear the fabric of global multilateralism we have tried so hard to weave."
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan suggested a new resolution to censure Mr. Chirac for his "ill-timed and misguided remarks."
"Whether he's right or wrong is not the issue," said Mr. Annan. "He spoke without consulting the council. Therefore, his remarks have no legitimacy."
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© 2003, Scott Ott