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Cablegate: Presidency Council's Basrah Statement

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SUBJECT: PRESIDENCY COUNCIL'S BASRAH STATEMENT


1. (U) Below is an unofficial translation of the statement
on Basrah released March 27, 2008 by the Presidency Council.

Begin Text:

Press Release of the Presidency Council on the events in
Basrah.

The Council of the Presidency issued a statement on recent
events in the Governorate of Basrah which read:

Basrah has been the scene of armed and terrorist gangs which
are carrying out murderous acts, kidnapping, intimidation and
acts of smuggling and the confiscation of the resources of
the State and citizens. The Government must take decisive
steps to restore security and order. In this regard, we call
on citizens and tribes and political blocs to stand
side-by-side with our security forces in their striving to
eliminate all armed protests and return Basra to the desired
path to security and prosperity and building and
reconstruction.

And we would like on this occasion to emphasize that the
central directives require not targeting a particular wing or
current, and are focused on parties outside the law,
regardless of affiliation.

His Excellency the President of the Republic and his two
Deputies carried out constant contact with the Prime Minister
on the latest events, stressing the necessity of imposing the
rule of law (Fardh al-Qanoon) and preserving the lives of
civilians and their property and allowing a continuation of
municipal services to the ordinary citizen without hindrance.


The Presidency Council in coordination and cooperation with
the rest of the state institutions is watching the situation
closely in the Governorate of Basrah and other Governorates
and hopes to put and end to the unnatural conditions in the
near future.

End Text.
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