Aznar joined his voice to those of British Prime Minister Tony
sites) and French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin who
have called for the United Nations to take a central role in the
reconstruction and administration of Iraq.
"Without doubt, post-Saddam Iraq must be to a very great extent
the responsibility of the United Nations," he said in an interview
with local Onda Cero radio.
"There will be an initial phase of stabilization, then there will
be a transition phase and then a phase of institutionalization,"
"That is when many countries, Spain among them, and certainly
also the United Nations will have a very great responsibility," he
The United States has said it will not cede post-war control of
Iraq to the United Nations, as France and some other nations wish.
Spain, together with Britain, have proved the staunchest U.S. allies
in Europe during the Iraqi crisis.
When asked if he believed he was in agreement with Bush on the
role of the United Nations, Aznar replied: "Yes, (we agree) to a
large extent on the participation of the United Nations."
"However, we must finalize the details of that participation,
guarantee the territorial integrity of Iraq, its sovereignty, and
ensure its natural resources are reserved for Iraqis."
The offices of Aznar's ruling Popular Party have become a target
for popular anti-war demonstrations in recent days as its support
for the U.S.-led attack on Iraq has stirred increasing popular
Opinion polls show roughly nine out of every 10 Spaniards oppose
the war in Iraq.