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Iraq: Security Council Backs Brahimi’s Ideas

Security Council Backs Brahimi’s Ideas On Formation Of Iraqi Interim Government

The Security Council today gave its backing to ideas outlined by United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi for the formation of an interim Iraqi Government take over from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) at the end of June.

In a statement read out in an open meeting by German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger, the Council President for April, the 15-member body said it considered the efforts of Mr. Brahimi and his team, as well as those of the UN electoral assistance team, “to be of particular importance and urgency.”

Welcoming Mr. Brahimi’s briefing earlier Tuesday, the Council said it “strongly supports the efforts and dedication of the Special Adviser and welcomes the provisional ideas he has submitted as a basis for the formation of an interim Iraqi Government to which sovereignty will be transferred on 30 June 2004.”

The Council’s statement also encouraged Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Mr. Brahimi “to continue diligently with the efforts that they are employing and welcomes the Special Adviser’s intention to return to Iraq shortly and looks forward to a further briefing upon his return.”

The Council also called on all Iraqi parties to cooperate fully with Mr. Brahimi and urged Iraq’s neighbours and the international community at-large “to lend all support possible to these efforts.”

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