Secretary of State Powell said this at the closing of the fast-paced meeting of his EU and NATO counterparts in Brussels:
"I think the coalition has to play the leading role. But that does not mean we have to shut others out. There will definitely be a United Nations role, but what the exact nature of that role will be remains to be seen."
And the French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said: "We must stabilize Iraq and the region. The United Nations is the only international organization that can give legitimacy to this."
And the Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel said: "I dont see how we could contribute to the reconstruction without the United Nations playing the key role."
Good. I think that is perfectly clear. There was also tentative agreement that NATO should consider deploying peacekeepers in Iraq.