4,712. 3/9/2003

“On Sunday, March 9 [2003], Luis Ernesto Derbez, the Mexican foreign minister, proposed to [Secretary of State Colin] Powell the idea of sending 50,000 blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeeping troops to back up and enforce a coercive inspections regime [in Iraq]. The notion went nowhere.”

Ā – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Pages 81-82

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