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Mandela wastes no time. He dismissed Powell before his presentation even started.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela said Wednesday Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations undermined the U.N.'s own efforts to determine whether Iraq was concealing weapons of mass destruction. Speaking before Powell's speech to the world body, Mandela said chief UN weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed El Baradei were the only ones with the authority to determine whether Iraq was complying with U.N. resolutions, regardless of what Powell said. ``We are going to listen to them and to them alone. We are not going to listen to the United States of America. They are not telling us how they got that information,'' Mandela told reporters.
Mandela has repeatedly criticized the United States and Britain, saying they were ignoring the will of the United Nations and pursuing their own belligerent policies against Iraq.
Last week, the Nobel Peace laureate lashed President Bush, calling him arrogant and shortsighted and saying he wanted a war to get his hands on Iraqi oil. ``One power with a president who has no foresight and cannot think properly is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust,'' Mandela said last week. On Wednesday, he said he did not regret those comments. ``I'm not changing a word, not even a comma, of what I said, because I said so because I believe it,'' he told reporters.
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