Iraq’s U.N. ambassador, Nizar Hamdoon, told Cable News Network that a "good chance" remains of averting a military showdown. He outlined a proposal under which representatives of the Security Council, including the United States, would have 60 days to inspect eight presidential sites to determine that they were not being used to hide weapons.
But Bill Richardson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, rejected the plan, saying the access of U.N. weapons inspectors must be total and unhindered. Russia, France and the Arab League oppose the use of force and have been trying to broker a deal to end the standoff.
- Azmi Bashara, Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, with the National Democratic Assembly.