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


Iraq Conf. Must Elect Credible Interim Council, UN


New York, Aug 15 2004 10:00PM

A credible political transition in Iraq is the best solution to ongoing violence there, the senior United Nations envoy told the country's National Conference meeting in Baghdad today.

"The current strife and instability, as demonstrated by recent events in Najaf and elsewhere, cannot be addressed through security measures alone," Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Iraq, told the gathering. "They require political consensus building, rehabilitation measures, and the promotion of the rule of law."

Voicing deep regret over the loss of life and casualties suffered by the Iraqi people, he emphasized the importance of a broad and inclusive political process and moderation in advancing the political transition.

The most immediate goal, he said, is the election of a "credible and inclusive" Interim Council to ensure successful elections by the end of January 2005 and the transition of Iraq to a constitutional democracy by the end of that year.

He hailed Iraq as the birthplace of society's first laws, and voiced confidence that now it could build a civil society that shuns lawlessness and violence. "All of you present here today have the opportunity to be recognized by history as the founders of a modern Iraq that will be the pride of your children and grandchildren and theirs," he said. "If you keep in mind the interests of your great country and countrymen who will be keenly watching your proceedings, discussions and conclusions you will surely achieve success."

Earlier today, Mr. Qazi continued his meetings with Iraqi officials, holding talks with Foreign Minister Hushiar Zibari, the Chair of the High Preparatory Commission for the Iraqi National Conference, Fuad Massum, and the Head of the National Electoral Commission, Abdullahassan Al Hindawi.

2004-08-15 00:00:00.000

© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news