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NATO Calls Emergency Session Over Iraq

Aired February 10, 2003 - 06:33   ET

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CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Just about 90 minutes ago, NATO did call an emergency session, giving new momentum to efforts to avert the war against Iraq.
We want to take you live to Paris now. That's where we find our senior European political correspondent, Robin Oakley.

Good morning -- Robin.

ROBIN OAKLEY, CNN SR. EUROPOEAN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Carol.

And with heavy-duty political maneuvering now going on ahead of the key Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss what comes next on Iraq, the U.S. is not getting the kind of news out of Europe that it wants.

Certainly, the NATO meeting this morning with France, Germany and Belgium refusing to allow NATO to plan its moves to help Turkey in the event of a war, as the U.S. had requested, will cause considerable alarm across the Atlantic.

Lord Robertson, the NATO secretary general, made clear when he emerged from an emergency session this morning just the extent of NATO's difficulties.

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LORD GEORGE ROBERTSON, NATO SECRETARY GENERAL: It is serious that after three weeks, we have not got an agreement. But a lot of people are working very hard to make sure an agreement takes place, and I'm confident that if people look at the serious implications of not getting a decision, then that will, I hope, give an impetus to providing a solution.

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OAKLEY: Lord Robertson is insistent that it's a question of not if, but when NATO agrees to these measures on Turkey. Basically, he's going to keep the meeting and talking until they do say yes -- Carol.

COSTELLO: Robin Oakley reporting live from Paris this morning.

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