World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Annan welcomes Iraqis at Security Council session


Annan welcomes Iraqis at Security Council session

  • Click here to view video of this UN report
  • Welcoming the first Iraqis to address the United Nations Security Council since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called Baghdad’s new Governing Council “an important step towards the full restoration of Iraqi sovereignty” and laid out five guiding principles for international action.

    With three members of the Governing Council in the Security Council chamber, Mr. Annan told an open session of the 15-member body: “Our collective goal remains an early end to the military occupation through the formation of an internationally recognized, representative government.

    “Meanwhile, it is vital that the Iraqi people should be able to see a clear timetable with a specific sequence of events leading to the full restoration of sovereignty as soon as possible,” he added, reiterating the main points of his latest report on Iraq which was formally presented to the Security Council today by his Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

    “In practical terms, this means that the establishment of the Governing Council must be followed by a constitutional process run by and for Iraqis,” he told the meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Ana Palacio of Spain, which currently holds the Presidency of the Security Council.

    Mr. Annan stressed five fundamental principles – “which we all share” – underlying UN activities in Iraq. These are the need to respect Iraq’s independence and territorial integrity, to restore the people’s sovereignty as soon as possible, to respect their right to determine their political future, to respect the country’s sovereignty over its territory and natural resources, and to restore Iraq as a full partner in the international community at ease with its neighbours.

    “The United Nations will continue to play an active role in facilitating and supporting the political process, working together with the Governing Council and the (United States-run) Coalition Provisional Authority,” Mr. Annan declared.

    The Secretary-General was asked on his arrival at UN Headquarters before the session began whether the meeting would give momentum for another UN resolution to allow other countries to take part in security in Iraq.

    “Initial discussions have begun,” he told reporters. “I don’t know how quickly that will move, but there is a request for a new resolution to be undertaken, but it is at an early stage yet and I think there will be further discussions.”


    © Scoop Media

     
     
     
     
     
    World Headlines

     

    At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

    The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

    ALSO:

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

    The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

    Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

    Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

    ALSO:

    Other Australian Detention

    Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

    Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

    Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

    Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news