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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

Pakistani Ambassador Speaks

Aired March 5, 2003 - 12:44   ET

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

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations has been speaking with reporters up at the U.N. Let's listen in.
(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

MUNIR AKRAM, PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: ... To get the results that we want, and that's the judgment we have to exercise.

(CROSSTALK)

QUESTION: ... tomorrow, or when do you have to make the judgment? Tomorrow? Or Friday?

AKRAM: I think we have to have -- have the discussion and then see when to make the judgment. It can't be predetermined at this time.

QUESTION: Does Pakistan consider the U.S.-U.K.-Spain resolution tantamount to authorization for war?

AKRAM: I think that in the consultations that all those (ph) have said that adoption of the resolution would mean authorization of the use of force.

QUESTION: Thank you.

AKRAM: Thank you.

BLITZER: Munir Akram, the Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations briefly speaking with reporters, once again saying too soon to tell how Pakistan will vote. Pakistan a non-permanent member of the 15-member U.N. Security Council. Its vote could be critical in determining whether the U.S., Britain, and Spain get the nine affirmative votes that they would need to get a new Security Council resolution passed. Of course, no vetoes would be allowed. If there's one veto that that resolution, of course, would die.

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