The UN Security Council remains bitterly divided over how to deal with the Iraq crisis after meeting in closed session today (Thursday).
The council is split over a resolution -- sponsored by Britain, the United States and Spain -- that could pave the way for military action against Iraq if Baghdad fails to disarm. France, Russia and Germany have opposed the draft and submitted a memorandum calling for continued U-N weapons inspections.
The UN ambassadors of Chile and Mexico said today (Thursday) they do not want a new resolution on Iraq until the divided council finds common ground. Chile's Ambassador to the United Nations Juan Gabriel Valdes said the permanent members of the Security Council -- Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China -- should not throw the burden of the decision on the non-permanent members.
Chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix submitted a new report to the United Nations today (Thursday). Media reports say the report indicates the inspections have produced limited results so far. A spokesman for Mr. Blix described the new report as a "mixed bag," citing progress in Iraqi cooperation