President Aznar and the New Resolution
President of the Government Jose Maria Aznar, during a joint
press conference with U.S. President Bush.
Scott Applewhite/ AP
has experienced a large Islamic influx of illegal immigration–like
it’s neighbors Britain and France, has become one of the
strongest forces in dismantling terrorism. Spain has successfully
apprehended al Qaeda terrorists, and while President Aznar was
in Texas speaking at a joint press conference with President Bush
Saturday, he articulated his commitment to Spain’s continual
work. “I would like to express how satisfied I am,”
Aznar said, “having arrested important terrorists today
in Spain, people who only think of murdering and committing crimes.”
Aznar has faced fierce opposition for his work in leading the
charge against threats to world security, but he has not backed
President Aznar: “What we want for the world
is peace and security, and that’s what we’re working for with
our best will, in order not to be submitted to blackmail of any
kind. We’re not thinking of our comfort, but of our responsibility.
We want peace, freedom and prosperity for all.”
President Jose Maria Aznar of Spain met in talks with U.S. President
Bush at the Western White House in Crawford, Texas. Meetings involved
the new U.N. resolution written, the Middle East Crisis, as well
as the international fight against terrorism.
Over the weekend, quadrilateral talks took place
via telephone between Spanish President Aznar, U.S. President
Bush, British Prime Minister Blair, and Italian Prime Minister
Berlusconi. The world leaders allied shortly before a press conference
with Bush and Aznar to discuss Iraq. However, while talking with
the press, both Presidents Aznar and Bush were silent about the
details of the quad conference.
A Senior Administration official wouldn’t
elaborate on the call, but said the Presidents spoke at length
before and after the telephone conference on the issue of Iraq
and the next U.N. resolution on the disarming of Saddam.
Senior Administration Official: “…it
was very clear from the discussions…that President Bush
and Aznar shared a fundamental conviction that Saddam Hussein
must be disarmed.” “The conversation this morning
had to do with tactics, timing of the next resolution, and a look
at the way ahead.”
1441, which brought UN inspectors back to Baghdad to disarm Saddam
received a unanimous vote. But, Iraq has not fully complied, playing—what
many say—a public relations game with the world. President
Aznar says that giving Saddam “infinite” time to disarm
“would be a laugh”, and that a never-ending time table
would make it “very difficult for anyone to take us seriously,
beginning with the United Nations.” “That would be
the worst possible message we could send for peace,” he
says. And, in terms of the new resolution, Aznar says that Spain
is committed and had been “very active” in working
Aznar and President Bush talked with reporters from the U.S. and
Spain for about 30 minutes at Bush’s Texas ranch. U.S. National
Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was present but didn’t
speak at the time.
Before reporters asked questions, President Aznar
laid out Spain’s position: “Spain is an EU member
and a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. Spain
is very clearly in favor of the strength of the transatlantic
link. In these three extremely important dimensions, Spain is
committed with an active role in contributing to an appropriate
response to the threat that Saddam Hussein’s regime entails for
international peace and security.
“We’ve worked very hard, and with good results,
to forge consensus within the European Union that it is necessary
to maintain. We share the efforts and the needs within the Security
Council that the international community has to maintain to guarantee
peace and security in the world.
it is in the Security Council that the international community
has laid the responsibility of maintaining world peace and security.
Our responsibility is precisely to work so that the Security Council
can exercise its responsibilities, working in order to achieve
in agreement the firm compliance of international legality.”
“We free societies are target of terrorists”
“I cannot but underline the importance of
that relationship in our struggle against terrorism. We free societies
are the targets of terrorists, and they must be fought unconditionally,
with no reservations and not being allowed to be blackmailed by
them. And we cannot be kidnapped by this fear that — we cannot
be the hostages of the terrorists, and we will not be.”
between the United States and Spain against terrorism is total.
And I would like to thank President Bush for his resolve and his
commitment in this regard.”
Years and al-Samoud Long Range Missiles
wanted to know from both presidents if the new proposed resolution
would ask Iraq to start destroying the al-Samoud long-range missiles
and whether the resolution spoke about an ultimatum on a time
frame to destroy them, or if it included a threat for the use
of force. President Bush said, “We’re in the process
of discussing the language. “ Saddam “ has deceived
the world for 12 years. He’ll play like he’s going to disarm;
he has no intention of disarming. Otherwise, he would have done
Aznar said, “Well, what I want to say is that we cannot
designate Saddam Hussein as the manager of international peace
and security. We’ve been with this item on the agenda for 12 years.
And what we cannot do is play this game in which you have inspectors
are handed over something, everything is going well, but if it
isn’t, well, that means they’re hiding weapons.
“ So the world can make these mistakes,
but the mistake we cannot make is to let Saddam Hussein being
the one managing peace and a threat. And that’s why we’re working
so intensely towards a new resolution. And that’s why I’m convinced
and that’s why we’re all working towards these common aspirations
of peace, security and freedom for the world.
“ Spain is a democratic and European voice,
and we know that there cannot be peace without law, and that peace
cannot be separate from security.
in these international law and — the disarmament obligations
that Saddam Hussein has been subject to for the last 12 years
must be implemented. And this has to be based on the will and
everyone’s commitment and our capacity to do so.”
“Peace is our horizon..”
“ We have expressly reaffirmed Resolution
1441. Resolution 1441 and the usefulness of the military capabilities
deployed in order to achieve Saddam’s disarmament. We are committed
to peace, and peace is our horizon. But if we are unable to combat
aggressive dictators, tyrannical regimes, this is something that
endangers the very existence of international peace and harmony.
And if we are incapable of guaranteeing this peace, international
peace would become senseless rhetoric.
“And we honestly do not want to get into
rhetoric when we’re
speaking of international order, weapons of mass destruction,
terrorist groups, lives in danger, or threats that we have to
“Thus, my position in my talks with President
Bush can be summarized as follows. Expressly, we are ready to
fight together against weapons of mass destruction and terrorism
— that is, for a world in peace and for a safe world.
we are working in order that the U.N. Security Council, in its
role based on the U.N. Charter, may work towards peace and security
in the world through a new resolution that has the greatest support,
and majority support.
aim is for Iraq to disarm and for Saddam to comply with his obligations.
And international legality has to be credible and we have to strengthen
our efforts, we have to continue with our pressure on Saddam Hussein,
and do all this in unity and in agreement within the framework
of the Security Council. Of course, time is not indefinite; we
don’t have much time.”
New Resolution and the Seal of Spain
reporter asked “the Spanish President of the Government”
to tell whether or not the new UN proposed resolution will include
the seal of Spain. “We know it will bear the seal of the
United States and of Great Britain. But will it also bear the
Spanish seal? Will Spain be considered or will it be a co-author
of that resolution? “ he said.
“Well, we’re working on it,” said
President Aznar “and we devoted some time last night and
this morning to precisely that. And we want to be as clear as
possible in that it has as many possible supporters in the Security
Council. And as I said, our commitment is a very active commitment,
and it’s also very active in supporting this resolution.
know very much and very well what we’re handling here and what’s
at stake. And what we want for the world is peace and security,
and that’s what we’re working for with our best will, in order
not to be submitted to blackmail of any kind. We’re not thinking
of our comfort, but of our responsibility. We want peace, freedom
and prosperity for all. “