The Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), during its regular session today presided over by its Chairman Shaikh Dr. Salih bin Homaid, expressed disillusion and regret that the United States and its allies had launched war against Iraq while there was still hope of averting war and its consequences. The Shura Council stressed that the United Nations resolutions should in all circumstances be the base for international relations, pointing out that the UN Security Council, after deep and constructive deliberation, had mandated inspectors of high technical and administrative efficiency, whose reports were fruitful and whose mission was in accordance with UN ideals. The United States opted for war over diplomacy, heedless of millions of voices all over the world crying out against this option. Since the lives of millions of the brotherly people of Iraq are in a great danger as a result, the Shura Council called for the immediate cessation of the war, and a return to implementation of UN Security Council resolutions; and, expressing solidarity with the Iraqi people, urged the preservation of Iraq's independence and national unity. The Shura Council went on to express its support for all steps taken by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz to save the region from the consequences of a war that will not only cause destruction and damage to its peoples but threatens world peace.