INTERNATIONAL

Iraq: U.N. to wait and watch

Washington NOV. 13. Neither the United States nor the United Nations is trying to make much out of the Iraqi Parliament's decision to reject the Security Council resolution 1441.

"I don't think the Iraqi Parliament was talking to me. I think it was addressed to the people of Iraq,'' commented the U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. On Tuesday Mr. Annan had a 40- minute session with the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell; and a White House meeting with the U.S. President, George W Bush, has been scheduled for later today.

Mr. Annan also said Iraq's response to his formal letter on the resolution was expected on Friday with not a big fuss made as to when it is received on November 15.

"We haven't fixed any precise time but I think everybody will be satisfied if we got a letter by the end of the day on the 15th''.Not much attention is being officially paid to the Iraqi Parliament's rejection of the resolution which warns Baghdad of "serious consequences'' of non-compliance.

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