With U.N. Security Council members divided over who will head the new weapons-inspection agency for Iraq, a possible consensus candidate has emerged -- Hans Blix of Sweden, the former head of the U.N. nuclear agency.
The French Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that Blix was an unofficial candidate and one "with the profile we're looking for," said Francois Rivasseau, a deputy spokesman for the ministry. "I don't believe there is any problem" with Blix."
The United States has indicated its support for Blix, and several Western diplomats said they believed he could have unanimous support in the council.
The Security Council failed last week to agree on Rolf Ekeus, another Swede, to head the new agency. Ekeus had been executive chairman of the U.N. Special Commission for Iraq from 1991 to 1997.