Parliamentary Assembly session : 31 March – 4 April 2003 

Peter Schieder: ''We want action − but we want it to be taken in accordance with international law''

[31/03/03] Opening the session, Peter Schieder has announced that the Assembly would be holding an urgent debate on Iraq on Thursday. Emphasising that the Assembly's previous appeals had been ignored, the President pointed out that the ''collateral damage'' of this war was not limited to the civilian population of Iraq, but also affected the foundations of the system of collective security, which was based on international law. ''The rule of law must not give way to the rule of the mightiest'', said the President.

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Press conference of Peter Schieder : Debate on Iraq will highlight Europe's position