IRAQ - Nov. 12 - Deputies Reject UN Resolution.
The parliament unanimously rejects the Nov. 8 UN resolution 1441
demanding on Baghdad to disarm (see last week's Recroder).
Washington treated the parliament's act of defiance as just another
piece of posturing from Baghdad as Saddam Hussein considers a strategic
response to the threat of a US-led military strike against his regime.
Saddam has until Nov. 15 to accept the UN resolution. US Pres. Bush
said: "The Iraqi parliament is nothing but a rubber-stamp for
Saddam Hussein... There's no democracy. This guy's a dictator and so we'd like to see what he says". Earlier a White House
spokesman described the proceedings which saw Saadoun Hammadi, speaker
of the parliament, pass a vote rejecting the UN resolution after a show
of hands among the 250-odd deputies as nothing more than "political
theatre". The parliament's vote is not binding and the
assembly moved to pass the final decision on the UN resolution to the
country's supreme decision-making body, the Revolutionary Command
Council (RCC), chaired by Saddam. The parliament's vote
nevertheless served to heighten tension in the region, and was
apparently intended to raise doubts whether Saddam may reject the UN
demands, choosing instead to face the "serious consequences"
referred to in the UN Security Council's text. The rejection by the
parliament came after a dramatic intervention by Saddams's son,
Uday, who sent a letter to the parliament recommending that the assembly
accept the resolution. In Cairo Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president,
urged the Iraqi regime to comply with the resolution and warned of the
"seriousness of the situation". The six-member Gulf
Co-operation Council also urged Saddam to agree to the terms.