The US will probably soon ask the UN Security Council to vote for a resolution supporting war against Iraq. The US will need 9 votes out of 15 to get the resolution it wants. Does this mean some Council members will come under pressure to vote in favour? This report from Greg Barrow.
Although there's no clear evidence that political pressures are being applied yet, some of the council's smaller nations like Guinea, Cameroon and Angola are bracing themselves. 43" No single nation wants to be put in the spotlight as the swing vote that could give the United States the nine votes it requires to get a new resolution through.
In the run-up to the last Gulf War, intense pressure was applied to nations that held important votes. Non-permanent members like Yemen, that voted against a key Security Council resolution authorising force against Iraq, found themselves punished economically by the US and had aid packages cut off. Others were rewarded with new aid initiatives for their 'yes' votes.