From The Guardian
Sept 10 2003
"....France and Germany will back the new UN resolution on Iraq sought by President George Bush only if the proposal gives the UN full political rule over the country..."
"...French sources insist they will approach the talks constructively, and not attempt to humiliate the US over its inability to restore order after the invasion..."
Latest From AP: Colin Powell says the United Nations "isn't ready to handle'' assuming all authority.
France is the most outspoken critic of the American plan, and wants a greater United Nations role and a faster timetable than the U.S. draft resolution proposes. Germany backs France's view.
Russia also wants the draft resolution to outline a specific timeframe for the arrival of international peacekeepers and restoring sovereignty