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No WMD Found: Indefinite delay on weapons report

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LONDON: The US and Britain have decided to delay indefinitely the publication of a full report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The London-based Sunday Times newspaper said inspectors had found no evidence any such arms exist.

Efforts by the Iraq Survey Group, an Anglo-American team of 1400 scientists, military and intelligence experts, to scour Iraq for the past four months to uncover evidence of chemical or biological weapons had so far ended in failure.

The newspaper reported British defence intelligence sources had confirmed that the group's final report had been delayed and may not even be published.

It had been expected a progress report would be published today.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, Switzerland, the five major UN powers failed to agree on a formula for post-war Iraq, as a major disagreement persisted between the Bush administration and France over how fast to turn back power to a new Iraqi government.

The outcome of the meeting between the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Russia and the US appeared to be a setback for the White House's efforts to gain greater international backing for the troubled Iraq reconstruction effort.

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