Britain, Australia reject Annan comments on Iraq war

Published September 16th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Leading U.S. allies on Thursday dismissed comments by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the US-led war in Iraq was "illegal" because Washington never got Security Council approval for the invasion.  


The U.N. chief told British Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday that the U.S.-led war did not conform to the United Nations Charter, which allows members take military action with explicit Security Council approval.  


"From our point of view and from the Charter point of view, it was illegal," Annan said, according to The AP.  


On his part, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's office disputed Annan's claim. It reiterated that the British attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, had found Britain was acting legally in supporting the military action.  


President Bush on Thursday said he had no regrets.  


"I was hoping diplomacy would work," Bush said. "Knowing what I know today even though we haven't found the stockpiles of weapons we thought were there, I'd still make the same decision. America and the world are safer with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison cell."  


Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said the military action was "entirely legal." (

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