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Friday, 8 November, 2002, 18:21 GMT
In quotes: World leaders hail Iraq resolution
Secretary of State Colin Powell and President Bush after the UN vote
Bush issued a stark warning to Iraq
Leaders from around the world have welcomed the approval by the UN Security Council of a new resolution on Iraq. Following are extracts of what they said.

US President George W Bush

"The resolution approved today presents the Iraqi regime with a test - a final test.

"The regime must allow immediate and unrestricted access to every site, every document, and every person identified by inspectors. Iraq can be certain that the old game of cheat-and-retreat tolerated at other times will no longer be tolerated.

"If Iraq fails to fully comply, the United States and other nations will disarm Saddam Hussein.

"The United States prefers that Iraq meet its obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative."

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair

"I may find this [Saddam Hussein's] regime abhorrent - any normal person would - but the survival of it is in his hands.

"Conflict is not inevitable, but disarmament is... everyone now accepts that if there is a default by Saddam the international community must act to enforce its will. "

French President Jacques Chirac

"The message of the international community is clear - it has united to tell Iraq that it is now time to co-operate fully with the United Nations.

"The unanimous vote by the Security Council... offers Iraq a chance to disarm in peace. That was the meaning of France's initiative since the start."

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

"Iraq has a new opportunity to comply with all these relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

"I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people."

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana

"The views of the European Union are fully reflected in this text, particularly the key objective of the EU, namely vigorously to address the disarmament of Iraq and to do so within the framework of the UN Security Council.

"Today's message to Baghdad is very clear: the UN Security Council resolution expresses the unity and determination of the entire international community to assume its collective responsibility."

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov

"The resolution has made a real threat of war go away and opens the way for further work in the interests of a political- diplomatic settlement of the situation around Iraq."

"In Moscow we believe that co-operation between Baghdad and the UN for fulfilling resolution 1441 and all other earlier adopted Security Council resolutions on Iraq will open up the prospect of a comprehensive settlement of the Iraqi question, including lifting sanctions and strengthening peace and stability in the Persian Gulf zone."

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan

"The approval of the resolution at this moment is conducive to the political solution to the Iraq issue and will help maintain the authority of the Security Council. It will also help UN inspectors return to Iraq and carry out their mission smoothly."

Israeli Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

"Israel supports the UN Security Council resolution on the Iraqi issue, and values the determination of President Bush in leading the process."

President George W Bush
"Saddam's compliance with the UN must be prompt and unconditional"
Prime Minister Tony Blair
"Defy the UN's will and we will disarm you by force"
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
"The road ahead will be difficult and dangerous"

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