Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Sunday, March 23, 2003
Iraqi Vice President Calls on Annan to Put End to War
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said Sunday that a majority of UN Security Council members are against "aggression" against Iraq and called on UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to "act" and "be faithful to his responsibilities."
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said Sunday that a majority of UN Security Council members are opposed to "aggression" against Iraq and he called on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to "act" and "be faithful to his responsibilities."
Speaking at a press conference, Ramadan criticized Annan for withdrawing UN humanitarian workers and UN weapons inspectors from Iraq and accused him of acting as "an employee within the US State of Department."
"In October 2002, Iraq accepted the return of UN inspectors to prevent any aggression" and "Does anybody tell you that Iraq is not cooperating with the UN inspectors?" the vice president asked the UN secretary general.
Annan is now acting as "Iraqi high commissioner" by dealing with Iraqi funds and distributing Iraqi wealth, he said. "We didn't expect this kind of behavior and conduct from such a man."
From now on, neither Annan nor his US and British "masters" can impose anything on Iraq as what he has done contradicts all international agreements and the UN charter, Ramadan said.
As a UN secretary general, Annan should condemn and try to put an end to the four-day-old war, the Iraqi vice president said.