United Nations Security Council members and Iraq have been responding to the decision by the US, Britain and Spain to withdraw a planned resolution authorising the use of force to disarm Saddam Hussein.
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin
"France regrets a decision which nothing justifies today and which could have heavy consequences for the region and for the world."
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov
"We believe the use of force against Iraq, especially with reference to previous resolutions of the UN Security Council, has no grounds, including legal grounds."
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing
"The common wish of the international community is for peace instead of war.
"China's position is clear and consistent - the Iraq issue should be solved within the UN framework and in order to avoid war a political solution should be found through dialogue."
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri
"The only option [to avoid war] is the departure of the number
one warmonger in the world [US President George W Bush].
"His policy has brought disaster to the United States. This crazy man should go and also his subject, disciple and follower [UK Prime Minister Tony] Blair."