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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Diplomacy #723749

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The mess at the U.N. over war with Iraq introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Koppel) The diplomatic disarray as President Bush's administration reversed its course on a timetable for U.N. action examined; details given of the need to accommodate British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† & the threat of a French veto. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - outlines the options; notes one permanent member said it would veto any resolution.] [March 6, BUSH - promises a vote.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says the president is going the last mile.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Pentagon order for warship to move into the Red Sea noted.

(White House: Chris Burns) Bush's day reviewed; details given about his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern & his continued telephone diplomacy to win over votes on the U.N. Security Council. [FLEISCHER†- says the president is seeking a vote.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(U.N.: Richard Roth) The day's events at the U.N. reviewed; details given of the lukewarm reaction to Britain's proposal & talk of a proposal by the nonaligned countries on the Security Council based on chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix's views. [German Ambassador to U.N. Gunter PLEUGER†, French Ambassador to U.N. Jean-Mar de la SABLIERE†, US Ambassador to U.N. John NEGROPONTE†- talk about the discussion on the British proposal for a resolution.] How the end game could play out if the US does not wait for a resolution vote discussed.

Brown, Aaron;
Koppel, Andrea;
Burns, Chris;
Roth, Richard

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