UPDATE ~ Iraq allies fire back at Annan allegation that war was "illegal" Russell Adkins at 8:23 PM ET
Updating an earlier report in JURIST's Paper Chase on claims by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the US-led war in Iraq constituted a violation of international law, officials from Britain, Poland, Australia, and the US insisted on Thursday that the war was legal. Annan told the BBC on Wednesday that the war was a violation of the UN Charter.
The officials sharply criticized Annan's remarks, while the UN downplayed the situation, saying that Annan's position on the conflict has long been known to member nations (read a UN news release here). AP has more. BBC News covers the reaction of the US State Department to Annan's statements. The BBC has posted excerpts and video from Annan's interview here.
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