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The United States Britain and Spain yesterday proposed a March 17th ultimatum for Iraq to show full co-operation with UN disarmament demands or face an American-led invasion writes Conor OClery North America Editor at the United Nations The deadline will be added to an amended resolution that originally stated that Iraq had missed its last chance to disarm and will be put to a vote in the UN Security Council next week probably on Tuesday However the resolution faces defeat at the UN France which has Security Council veto power and several other council members rejected the idea of an ultimatum last night French Foreign Minister Mr Dominique de Villepin said This is the logic of war We dont accept this logic I have said we could not accept any ultimatum Asked if this meant France would use its veto he said I think you have your answer German Foreign Minister Mr Joschka Fischer also rejected the plan saying This is an ultimatum which immediately leads to a military action British Foreign Secretary Mr Jack Straw announced the new resolution during a tense session of the UN Security Council after which the text was circulated to members It states Iraq will have failed to take the final opportunity unless on or before March 17th 2003 the council concludes that Iraq has demonstrated full unconditional immediate and active co-operation with its disarmament obligations The resolution also demands that Iraq hand over to UN inspectors all weapons delivery and support systems and structures banned by the UN and provide information about the prior destruction of such items The resolution requires nine votes and no veto on the 15-member council If it is passed the council must meet again to make its final judgement on Iraqs compliance with disarmament obligations Iraqs UN ambassador Mr Mohammed Aldouri said So they will give us only 10 days to give up all we have We
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