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Pleuger Addresses Reporters

Aired February 12, 2003 - 13:37   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: We have got to go to the Security Council, German ambassador just came out making comments to reporters. Let's listen in.
(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GUNTER PLEUGER, PRESIDENT OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL: I don't have -- I don't have any confirmed information on that.

QUESTION: (UNINTELLIGIBLE)

PLEUGER: Most probably, come, yes.

QUESTION: ... on the 18th, with the wider membership speaking, have you allocated more than one day, because there clearly could be a lot of speakers.

PLEUGER: Well, if that is necessary, we will arrange for that.

QUESTION: Mr. Ambassador, would you like to see the French nonpaper (ph) put in the resolution form to be discussed (UNINTELLIGIBLE) consultations by the Security Council?

PLEUGER: Well that is not for me to decide. First of all, the French delegation has to decide what is going to be done with this paper. The paper has been distributed to members of the Security Council, and it elaborates on what foreign minister de Villepin last Wednesday said here in the Security Council meeting, and the new paper elaborates the proposals of strengthening the system of inspections.

QUESTION: What's your position on that paper though, you signed on...

PLEUGER: We support it. We support it.

QUESTION: Would you like to see it drafted as a resolution?

PLEUGER: In the hands of the Security Council, and I also have to wait what the author of this paper, the French delegation, wants to do with it.

QUESTION: Mr. Ambassador, U.N. -- U.N. officials apparently have determined that Iraq's (UNINTELLIGIBLE) missiles are in violation of U.N. resolutions. Does that change Germany's position regarding Iraq, and whether or not military action is necessary?

PLEUGER: We take a position when we have heard the inspectors, and not before.

Yes. OK.

(CROSSTALK)

I'm sorry -- one last question because I have to...

QUESTION: Until recently (UNINTELLIGIBLE). Do you believe that the aggressive U.S. policy might actually be driving these two in the same camp?

PLEUGER: Well, I don't get that question.

QUESTION: Before now, bin Laden and Saddam...

PHILLIPS: All right. You've been listening to Gunter Pleuger, the German ambassador, president of the Security Council, basically briefing reporters. Nothing new to come out of this, just talking about how he's still mulling over the weapons inspectors' reports.

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