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  World prepares for vital week in Iraq crisis
Updated 10 March 2003, 10.08
Scouts in Iraq protest against war
The United Nations Security Council is getting ready for a very important week in the crisis over Iraq.

It's thought the vote on whether or not there should be a second resolution will happen near the end of the week.

The resolution would give the go-ahead for an attack on Iraq.

But the US want the vote to happen earlier.

The resolution gives Saddam Hussein a final deadline of 17 March to get rid of his weapons of mass destruction.


Countries for and against a second resolution are trying to get those who haven't decided how they will vote, on their side.

The French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is visiting Angola, Cameroon and Guinea to persuade them to vote against the resolution.

And the US are trying to get Mexico and Chile to vote with them.

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The US Secretary of State Colin Powell reckons nine or 10 of the 15 Council members would support a second resolution.

But he said a US-led attack on Iraq could even happen before Monday's deadline, if the UN votes against the resolution.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is meeting his advisers after an important government minister Clare Short told him she'd quit if there's an attack on Iraq without the UN's permission.

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