?Malaysia ?deeply regrets the statement by the ?President
? of the U.S. announcing the end of diplomatic efforts and
? the ?imminent ?use of unilateral force to ?disarm ?Iraq.
? The ?unilateral ?use ?of force, undertaken ?without ?the
? support and authorisation of the United Nations Security
? Council (UNSC) and not in self defense against any armed
? attack, ?is ?clearly in violation of the ?principles ?of
? international law and the United Nations Charter.
? Malaysia ?wishes ?to underline that the ?possibility ?of
? peaceful ?settlement of the dispute has not ?been ?fully
? exhausted and a viable mechanism still exists to address
? whatever ?concerns ?regarding ?Iraqi ?weapons ?of ? mass
? destruction. ? Indeed, ?both ?UNMOVIC ?(United ? Nations
? Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission) ?and
? the ?IAEA ?(International ?Atomic ?Energy ?Agency) ?have
? reported ?that ?Iraq ?is actively cooperating ?with ?the
? inspection missions. ?Both have also confirmed that ?the
? inspection is producing results. ?It is thus regrettable
? that ?UNMOVIC and the IAEA have not been given ?adequate
? time to fulfill their mandate.
? Malaysia wishes to point out that targeting Iraq despite
? its ?active ?cooperation ?with ?the ?United ?Nations ?in
? implementing UNSC Resolution 1441 betrays selectivity on
? the ?part ?of ?the ?U.S. ?and its ?allies ?in ?enforcing
? compliance with UNSC resolutions, particularly in ?light
? of ?the ?non ?compliance ?by ?Israel ?of ?relevant ?UNSC
? resolutions ?pertaining ?to the ?Israeli ?occupation ?of
? Palestinian and other Arab territories.
? While ?Malaysia shares the concern of the U.S. regarding
? weapons ?of mass destruction, we wish to underline ?that
? this does not justify the preemptive use of force, which
? under ?any ?circumstances is not permissible ?under ?the
? United ?Nations Charter and is thus illegal. ?What ?more
? the ?preemptive use of force by the U.S. and its ?allies
? directed ?against ?Iraq, based ?on ?a ?perceived ?threat
? founded upon tenuous evidence.
? Malaysia ?underscores ?that unilateral ?military ?action
? aimed ?at ?effecting a regime change is also an ?illegal
? act ?of ?aggression, ?constituting ?an ?invasion ?of ? a
? sovereign state.
? Malaysia ? is ? gravely ?concerned ?over ? the ? serious
? consequences ?arising from the use by the U.S. ?and ?its
? allies ?of ?the ?most ?advanced and devastating ?arsenal
? against a state that has been progressively disarmed and
? against its hapless people who have already endured more
? than 12 years of punitive sanctions.
? Malaysia ?is ?equally ?concerned ?about ?the ?inevitable
? humanitarian catastrophe that would befall the people of
? Iraq ?and ?the ?region, as well as the grave ?threat ?to
? regional ?and international peace and stability ?arising
? from ?unilateral ?military action. ?At ?the ?same ?time,
? Malaysia ?is apprehensive that this unilateral ?military
? action would set back the common efforts in the campaign
? against terrorism.
? Malaysia ?thus ?urges that, even at this eleventh ?hour,
? serious ?efforts be made by all concerned to ?avert ?war
? and ?to ?return to peaceful but firm methods in bringing
? about Iraq's compliance with relevant UNSC resolutions.
? In ?Malaysia's ?capacity as the ?Chairman ?of ?the ?Non-
? aligned ?Movement ?(NAM), Malaysia ?will ?be ?consulting
? member ?countries ?of NAM on the appropriate ?course ?of