Pro-war Summit Issues Joint Statement on Iraq

The emergency summit meeting by leaders from the United States, Britain, Spain and Portugal issued a joint statement in Azores, Portugal Sunday evening, demanding immediate and unconditional Iraqi disarmament.

The joint statement said that Iraq must disarm and that in the event of war, any military presence in the country would be temporary and for destruction of weapons of mass destruction.

The statement accused the Iraqi regime of oppressing its people and said that any war in the future would be aimed at distributing wealth more proportionately among Iraqi people.

It also called on countries, especially, the "swing countries" on the UN Security Council, to support the war on Iraq because it would surely be for the benefit for the country. It was widely taken as part of efforts to coordinate their stance on Iraq and demand France to withdraw its intention of vetoing any second UN resolution.

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