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EU Presidency Statement on Iraq's Constitution

EU Presidency Statement Welcoming the Publication of Iraq's Constitution

The United Kingdom, as Presidency of the EU, today welcomes the publication of Iraq's constitution.

The Presidency congratulates the Iraqi people on reaching this important milestone in the political process.

Drafting Iraq's constitution has been difficult. There have been compromises on all sides. But representatives from across Iraq 's diverse community have now produced a constitution which we hope will set the foundations for a democratic Iraq.

The European Union encourages all Iraqis to play a part in the next stage of the political process by voting on the draft constitution in the October referendum. Broad public support for the constitution will help ensure a stable future for Iraq.

The Iraqis have succeeded in drafting this constitution despite the action of terrorists who are trying to destroy the country's desire for a peaceful future.

The EU will continue to offer its full support to the Iraqi people, including in assisting in the run-up to October's referendum and the national elections in December.

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