Cablegate: Spain: Mfa Statement On Iraq Referendum
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UNCLAS MADRID 003648
STATE FOR EUR AND NEA; NSC FOR ANSLEY; SECDEF FOR OSD/ISP
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM KPAO PGOV PREL IZ SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN: MFA STATEMENT ON IRAQ REFERENDUM
REF: STATE 189909
1. The Spanish Foreign Ministry issued a statement Oct. 17
praising the Iraq referendum. When Polcouns thanked MFA DG
for Middle East Iranzo for the statement, Iranzo was grateful
we had noted the statement and said that, regarding Iraq,
Spain was now looking only "toward the future." Informal
English translation of the text of the statement below.
2. Begin informal translation of Spanish MFA Statement on
The Spanish government is gratified at the celebration,
without serious incidents and with wide popular
participation, of the Constitutional Referendum which took
place October 15 in Iraq.
Provisional vote estimates indicate majority support for the
approval of the constitutional text, which would permit the
forward advancement of the normalization of the Iraqi
political process, as determined in UN Security Council
Resolution 1546, and supported by the international community.
The Spanish government is confident that the political
transition in Iraq will continue its development in
accordance with the calendar as planned, which includes
legislative elections in the short term. In this regard it
(the government of Spain) hopes that efforts will continue to
fully incorporate all of the political forces represented in
the country in the effort to build a sovereign, democratic,
peaceful, united and prosperous Iraq. End text.