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

 


Ambassador John R. Bolton - Statement on Iraq

Statement on Iraq

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Statement at a Security Council Stakeout
New York City
February 22, 2006

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: I have a press statement that the Security Council members agreed upon on Iraq that I would like to read.

"The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the attack on the holy Shrine of Imams Ali al-Hadi and al Hasan al-Askari in Samarra this morning and ensuing attacks on other religious sites. They note with concern that these criminal and sacrilegious acts were carried out with the aim of igniting intercommunal and sectarian tensions and undermining prospects for peace and stability.

The members of the Security Council understand the anguish caused by the attacks, but urge the people of Iraq to defy its perpetrators by showing restraint and unity. They call on the people of Iraq to come together against violence and terror and in support of the peaceful political process, national dialogue and unity. To this end, the members of the Security Council again call on Iraq's political leaders to work with resolve towards the formation of a fully inclusive Government, which will strive to build a peaceful, prosperous, democratic and united Iraq."

And now I'll take a few questions.

REPORTER: (inaudible) where do you stand in the next few months? You've got the Secretary General, the scale of assessments, the reform issue coming up. (inaudible)

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: Yes, I do have a broader strategy, it's to institute an ongoing pattern of reform that will be self-sustaining. We've said repeatedly that reform is not a one-night stand. It's a continuing process it's perpetual. And I think the importance of pursuing the reform on as many fronts as we can, as far and as fast as we can, is part of that. People have to appreciate that the reforms we are seeking are very far-reaching, and that that means not just a little change here, and a little change there, but fundamental change across the board. So that's the strategy, and by talking about all these issues, we help underline them.

Released on February 22, 2006

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>


Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:


US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Berlin Truck Attack And The Refugee Question

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, peered into the mind of the everyday German, and found teeth chattering fear. More>>


Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news