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By Vladimir Radyuhin
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is flanked by the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder (right), and the French President, Jacques Chirac, at a meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. AP
They vowed to press for the leading role of the United Nations in resolving the Iraq crisis and any other international problems. ``Our views on the main issues practically coincide,'' the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, said after talks with the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, and the French President, Jacques Chirac. "We recognise the central role of the United Nations in international relations.''
The three leaders called for the settlement of the Iraq problem within the U.N. framework. ``The task of restoring the political, economic and social system of Iraq is enormous,'' Mr. Chirac said. "Only the United Nations has the legitimacy to do that.'' Mr. Schroeder said that details of the peace process in Iraq could be discussed with the U.S.-led coalition "but we must reach agreement under the U.N. aegis.''
Mr. Putin warned against the "export of capitalist democratic revolutions'' to other countries in the same way the communist nations tried to export "the socialist revolution''. ``We have always said that the regime of the Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, did not correspond to democratic and human rights standards,'' he said. "But this problem cannot be resolved by military means. Up to 80 per cent of the world's nations do not meet Western democratic standards. Are we to go to war with them? The people of these nations alone can determine their future.
The principle of sovereignty should remain unshakable,'' Mr. Putin said.
The three leaders vowed to work for reforming the United Nations to improve its ability to resolve international disputes and conflicts.
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