DOS Cable re: U.S. Report to United Nations Security Counsil's of Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483

State Department cable concerning implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483. The cable contains the speech about the resolution.

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UNCLAS STATE 111357

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SUBJECT: U.S. REPORT TO UNSC ON IMPLEMENTATION OF UNSCR
1483

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USUN IS AUTHORIZED TO DRAW FROM THE TEXT PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 2 IN PREPARING THE U.S. PRESENTATION TO THE OPEN SESSION OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON IMPLEMENTATION OF UNSCR 1483 SCHEDULED FOR MAY 19.

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THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

MR. PRESIDENT, ONE YEAR AFTER THE UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION 1483, THIS WILL BE THE LAST JOINT U.S.-UK
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QUARTERLY REPORT ON ITS IMPLEMENTATION. AS ALL ARE AWARE,

ON JUNE 30, THE COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY AND THE

FRAMEWORK OF OCCUPATION RECOGNIZED AND ESTABLISHED UNDER

RESOLUTION 1483 WILL COME TO AN END. THE IRAQI GOVERNING

COUNCIL WILL CEASE TO EXIST. AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT OF

IRAQ WILL ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY FOR

GOVERNING A SOVEREIGN IRAQ. ITS RESPONSIBILITIES WILL

INCLUDE THE CRITICAL TASK OF PREPARING FOR ELECTIONS FOR A

TRANSITIONAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, IF POSSIBLE BY THE END OF

2004, AND IN ANY EVENT, NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2005.

THESE ARE MOMENTOUS STEPS IN THE PATH OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE

TO DEMOCRATIC SELF-GOVERNANCE. NONETHELESS, THERE REMAINS

A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULT WORK AHEAD. TO THOSE WHO WILL

CHALLENGE AND TEST THE NEW INTERIM GOVERNMENT, WE MUST
MAKE CLEAR THAT OUR COMMITMENT REMAINS STRONG TO SEE IRAQ
THROUGH A SUCCESSFUL POLITICAL TRANSITION TO A DEMOCRATIC,
CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT. THE INDISCRIMINATE TARGETING
OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNITY BY CRIMINAL ELEMENTS, INCLUDING FOREIGN
TERRORISTS, WILL NOT ERODE OUR RESOLVE.

BEFORE I MOVE ON TO THE DETAILS OF MY FULL REPORT ON THE

IMPLEMENTATION OF RESOLUTION 1483, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A

FEW MOMENTS TO ADDRESS THE ABUSE OF IRAQI DETAINEES AT ABU

GHRAIB.

MR. PRESIDENT, WE HAVE SEEN THE PICTURES. THEY DEPICT

SHAMEFUL ACTS THAT STAIN THE HONOR AND REPUTATION OF THE

UNITED STATES. OUR GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF THE

UNITED STATES STAND WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD IN SHOCK
AND DISGUST.

PRESIDENT BUSH HAS STRONGLY CONDEMNED AND APOLOGIZED FOR,

THESE ABUSES AND HAS MADE CLEAR THAT ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE

WILL BE HELD FULLY ACCOUNTABLE. THE UNITED STATES IS

TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE THAT ACTIONS LIKE THIS ARE NOT

REPEATED. OUR MILITARY HAS INSTITUTED A COMPREHENSIVE

REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THROUGHOUT THE PRISONS

IN IRAQ, AND SEVERAL INVESTIGATIONS ARE UNDERWAY.

OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE IS MOVING SWIFTLY TO ADDRESS THESE
ABUSES. TO DATE, THE UNITED STATES HAS CHARGED SEVEN
MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH CRIMINAL OFFENSES AND HAS RELIEVED
TWO OFFICERS OF COMMAND. THE FIRST CRIMINAL TRIAL BEGINS

ON MAY 19. A NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS REMAIN OPEN AND ARE
PROCEEDING. ALL ALLEGATIONS OF MISTREATMENT ARE BEING
THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED. TRANSPARENT AND FAIR JUDICIAL
PROCESSES WILL DETERMINE GUILT. THOSE CONVICTED WILL BE

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PUNISHED.

U.S.
FORCES IN IRAQ ARE REQUIRED TO OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS, AND THIS IS AN OBLIGATION WE
TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY. IMMEDIATE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO
REINFORCE EXISTING MILITARY POLICIES TO ENSURE THAT ALL

U.S.
FORCES UNDERSTAND, ARE FULLY TRAINED IN, AND ADHERE
TO THESE STANDARDS. THE UNITED STATES IS COMMITTED TO
PROVIDING THE ICRC ACCESS TO DETAINEES HELD BY THE UNITED
STATES IN IRAQ, AND WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE ICRC SINCE THE
BEGINNING OF THE OCCUPATION. U.S. MILITARY AUTHORITIES
HAVE INVESTIGATED MATTERS BROUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION BY
THE ICRC, AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE ICRC IN
THE FUTURE.

AS PRESIDENT BUSH HAS SAID, "FREE COUNTRIES CONFRONT SUCH'

ABUSES OPENLY AND DIRECTLY." THE GREAT MAJORITY OF U.S.

SERVICE MEMBERS CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN STRICT ACCORDANCE

WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT, AND THEY

REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES HONORABLY. BUT DEMOCRACY

DEMANDS THAT THOSE WHO ABUSE POWER ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

SECURITY AND STABILITY

MR. PRESIDENT, ON APRIL 16, I PROVIDED A COMPREHENSIVE

REPORT TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION

1511, ON BEHALF OF THE MULTINATIONAL FORCE (MNF),

REGARDING EFFORTS AND PROGRESS IN THE PROVISION OF

SECURITY AND STABILITY. THE MNF, INCLUDING THE IRAQI

ARMED FORCES AND THE IRAQI CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS UNDER ITS

COMMAND, REMAINS DEDICATED TO ITS TASKS: STABILITY

OPERATIONS, RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS, CIVIL AFFAIRS

TRAINING, AND THE IMPORTANT JOB OF TRAINING IRAQI SECURITY'

FORCES.

AS ALL ARE AWARE, THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE MONTH
SINCE MY LAST REPORT HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT. THE
MNF IS ON THE OFFENSIVE AGAINST FORMER REGIME ELEMENTS AND
FOREIGN TERRORISTS IN FALLUJAH AND RAMADI. FORCES ARE
CAPTURING THOSE WHO HAVE PERPETRATED ATTACKS AND THOSE WHO
ARE PLOTTING FUTURE ACTS OF VIOLENCE. MNF TROOPS ARE
TAKING ACTION TO STOP THE LAWLESSNESS INSTIGATED BY
MUQTADA AL-SADR AND HIS MAHDI MILITIA IN BAGHDAD AND
SOUTHERN IRAQ. THE MNF ALSO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN
RESPONDING TO THE DEPLORABLE STRING OF KIDNAPPINGS IN
IRAQ. THESE GROUPS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO DEPRIVE IRAQIS OF
THEIR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE. SOBERLY, WE EXPECT THAT THESE

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VIOLENT ELEMENTS WILL MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO DISRUPT

THE TRANSITION AND DESTABILIZE IRAQ AS WE APPROACH JUNE

30.

GIVEN THAT I REPORTED TO THE COUNCIL ON SECURITY

STRUCTURES IN SOME DETAIL JUST ONE MONTH AGO, I WILL NOT

DESCRIBE EACH OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE IRAQI SECURITY FORCES

AGAIN TODAY. MORE THAN 210,000 IRAQI CITIZENS HAVE TAKEN

POSITIONS IN VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE IRAQI SECURITY

FORCE NOW CONTRIBUTING TO THE SECURITY AND STABILITY OF
IRAQ. WHILE THE NUMBER OF IRAQI SECURITY FORCES HAS
STEADILY MOUNTED, NUMBERS ALONE DO NOT TELL THE FULL
STORY. THE RESPONSE OF THE VARIOUS IRAQI SECURITY FORCES
IN APRIL WAS UNEVEN. WE ARE FOCUSED ON BOOSTING THE
QUALITY OF THOSE FORCES.
WITH OUR ASSISTANCE, IRAQIS HAVE MADE IMPORTANT PROGRESS
IN BUILDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY INSTITUTIONS THAT WILL
BE ESSENTIAL FOR AN IRAQI GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE LAW AND
ORDER. A MINISTRY OF DEFENSE, A MINISTRY OF INTERIOR, AND
A MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY HAVE BEEN
ESTABLISHED AND, WITH OUR ASSISTANCE, IRAQIS ARE WORKING
TO DEVELOP THESE INSTITUTIONS. BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE
IRAQI CIVILIAN CHAIN OF COMMAND OF IRAQI SECURITY FORCES
WILL REMAIN A KEY PRIORITY, AS WELL AS AN ESSENTIAL
ELEMENT OF OUR MULTINATIONAL PARTNERSHIP. AT THE SAME
TIME, THERE IS EQUAL NEED FOR EFFECTIVE JUDICIAL AND
CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS.
FACED WITH VIOLENT ELEMENTS THAT I HAVE JUST DESCRIBED

ABOVE, CONTINUED MNF OPERATIONS AFTER JUNE 30 WILL BE
NECESSARY TO ENSURE IRAQ'S SECURITY AND PROGRESS IN ITS

POLITICAL TRANSITION. WE RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR A CLOSE
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND IRAQI FORCES, AS
EXPRESSED IN THE TAL, AND WE WILL BUILD ON SUCH A
RELATIONSHIP. THE PRECISE NATURE OF COORDINATION AND
CONSULTATIVE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE
MNF AND THE SOVEREIGN INTERIM GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ. THE
FIGHT AGAINST TERROR AND FOR IRAQ'S SECURITY AND STABILITY
WILL BE A SHARED FIGHT.
FINALLY, WE MUST EXPAND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORCES TO
SUPPORT THE RETURN OF UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL

PERSONNEL TO IRAQ. WE ARE WORKING TO ESTABLISH A UNIT
WITHIN THE MNF UNDER UNIFIED COMMAND TO PROVIDE DEDICATED
SECURITY FOR UNITED NATIONS PERSONNEL AND FACILITIES IN
IRAQ. THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED NATIONS TO CONTINUE ITS
INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN ASSISTING IRAQIS PREPARE FOR
ELECTIONS DEPENDS ON THEIR SECURITY. WE URGE THE
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS IMPORTANT
TASK.

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ADVANCING IRAQI EFFORTS TO RESTORE AND ESTABLISHINATIONAL

AND LOCAL INSTITUTIONS FOR REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE

MR. PRESIDENT, ON THE ISSUE OF GOVERNANCE:

JUST AFTER MY LAST REPORT IN FEBRUARY, THE GOVERNING

COUNCIL APPROVED THE TRANSITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE LAW OR

TAL, WHICH WILL SERVE AS THE LEGAL BASIS FOR THE IRAQI

INTERIM AND TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENTS UNTIL A PERMANENT
CONSTITUTION IS RATIFIED. AMONG ITS KEY PROVISIONS, THE
TAL PROVIDES FOR EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL IRAQIS WITHOUT

REGARD TO GENDER, SECT, OPINION, BELIEF, NATIONALITY,

RELIGION OR ORIGIN. IT CONFIRMS IRAQ AS A SINGLE STATE

WITH FEDERAL STRUCTURES, AFFIRMS CIVILIAN CONTROL OF

IRAQ'S SECURITY SERVICES, AND AFFIRMS THE INDEPENDENCE OF
THE JUDICIARY.

THE TAL ALSO CODIFIES THAT NATIONAL ELECTIONS• FOR THE
TRANSITIONAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SHALL BE HELD NO LATER THAN

JANUARY 31, 2005, BUT, IF POSSIBLE, BY THE END OF DECEMBER

OF THIS YEAR; THAT THE DRAFTING OF A PERMANENT
CONSTITUTION SHALL BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN 15 AUGUST
2005, WITH THE TRANSITION TO A CONSTITUTIONALLY-ELECTED
IRAQI GOVERNMENT TAKING PLACE BY DECEMBER 31, 2005.

I NOTE IN THIS CONTEXT THAT THE ELECTED TRANSITIONAL
GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE THE RIGHT AND AUTHORITY TO MODIFY

PROVISIONS OF THE TAL, IF IT SO CHOOSES.

IN MARCH, THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL INVITED THE UNITED
NATIONS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE TO THE IRAQI
PEOPLE IN THE FORMATION OF THE INTERIM IRAQI GOVERNMENT.
THE COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY FULLY SUPPORTED THE
GOVERNING COUNCIL'S INVITATION. IN RESPONSE, THE

SECRETARY-GENERAL DISPATCHED HIS SPECIAL ADVISER,
AMBASSADOR BRAHIMI, TO IRAQ IN EARLY APRIL. IN AMBASSADOR

BRAHIMI'S SUBSEQUENT REPORT TO THIS COUNCIL ON APRIL 27,

HE OUTLINED A PROPOSAL FOR THIS INTERIM GOVERNMENT, TO

INCLUDE A PRESIDENT, TWO DEPUTY PRESIDENTS, A PRIME
MINISTER, A COUNCIL OF MINISTERS WHO WOULD REPORT TO THE

PRIME MINISTER, AND AN ADVISORY BODY. HE ALSO NOTED THE

LINKAGE BETWEEN SECURITY AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS, IN

THAT SECURITY REMAINS ESSENTIAL FOR THE PROCESS TO BE

COMPLETED, WHILE THE POLITICAL PROCESS ITSELF WOULD MAKE A

"POWERFUL CONTRIBUTION" TO SECURITY.

AMBASSADOR BRAHIMI RETURNED TO IRAQ AT ,THE BEGINNING OF

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THIS MONTH TO CONTINUE WIDE-RANGING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE

IRAQI PEOPLE, WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF ESTABLISHING AN

INTERIM GOVERNMENT FOR THE PERIOD THROUGH ELECTIONS THAT

WILL HAVE THE RESPECT AND SUPPORT OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE.

THOSE CONSULTATIONS ARE ONGOING.

THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT WILL BE THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF

A SOVEREIGN IRAQ ON JUNE 30. AS I NOTED PREVIOUSLY, ON

THAT DAY, THE COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY WILL CEASE

TO EXIST. THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL WILL CEASE TO EXIST

BY THAT DATE. MANY IRAQIS HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR DESIRE TO

HAVE LIMITS ON THE AUTHORITIES OF THIS INTERIM GOVERNMENT,

REFLECTING THEIR VIEW THAT SOME ISSUES ARE BEST LEFT FOR

DECISION TO AN ELECTED IRAQI GOVERNMENT. WE NOTE THAT IT

IS FOR IRAQIS TO DECIDE WHAT THOSE LIMITS MIGHT BE, IN THE

CONTEXT OF THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS LED BY AMBASSADOR

BRAHIMI.

OF COURSE, A KEY MILESTONE IN IRAQ'S POLITICAL TRANSITION
WILL BE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GOVERNMENT CHOSEN BY
DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS. THERE IS TREMENDOUS PROGRESS BEING
MADE WITH REGARD TO THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. THE UN
ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE TEAM HEADED BY CARINA PERELLI HAS A
PRODUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH IRAQI AND CPA
OFFICIALS. THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE IRAQIS ON DEVELOPING
THE THREE MAIN PILLARS OF THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM: AN
INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMMISSION, AN AGREEMENT ON ELECTORAL
MODALITIES AND A POLITICAL PARTIES LAW. MS . PERELLI
RECENTLY REPORTED THAT PREPARATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF AN INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMMISSION ARE IN GOOD SHAPE.
A NATIONWIDE NOMINATION PROCESS, ENDORSED BY THE GOVERNING
COUNCIL AND OPEN TO ALL IRAQIS, TO SELECT THE
COMMISSIONERS IS NOW UNDERWAY IN ALL 18 GOVERNORATES. THE
PLAN IS TO SELECT SEVEN COMMISSIONERS THROUGH A CAREFUL
REVIEW PROCESS. AS ITS NAME SUGGESTS, THE COMMISSION WILL

BE INDEPENDENT AND NONPARTISAN.

ALTHOUGH PROGRESS IS EXCELLENT, WE CONTINUE TO FACE A VERY
TIGHT TIMELINE. THE UN'S LEADING INVOLVEMENT IN HELPING

IRAQIS PREPARE FOR ELECTIONS HAS BEEN, AND WILL REMAIN,
VITAL TO IRAQ'S POLITICAL TRANSITION.

OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM

MR. PRESIDENT, JUST A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE OIL-FOR-FOOD
(OFF) PROGRAM:

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FIRST, IRAQ CONTINUES TO RECEIVE GOODS PURCHASED UNDER THE

PROGRAM, AND THE COORDINATION CENTER ESTABLISHED, AS CPA
TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR REMAINING OFF CONTRACTS FOLLOWING
THE END OF THE OFF PROGRAM, CONTINUES TO OVERSEE THE

SHIPMENT OF FOOD AND OTHER HUMANITARIAN SUPPLIES REMAINING

IN THE OFF PIPELINE.

IN THE THREE NORTHERN GOVERNORATES OF DUHUK, ARIL, AND

SULAIMANIYA, THE OFFICE OF PROJECT COORDINATION HAS

PROVIDED TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND DISBURSED FUNDS TO

CONTINUE OVER 100 PRIORITY PROJECTS IN POWER, AGRICULTURE,

HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND CONSTRUCTION.

CAPACITY-BUILDING AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN

INITIATED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS IN RELEVANT IRAQI
MINISTRIES TO IMPROVE IRAQI CAPABILITIES TO PROCURE
ESSENTIAL ITEMS AND MONITOR INCOMING OFF SHIPMENTS. THIS

WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE IRAQIS WILL BE ABLE TO MANAGE
REMAINING OFF CONTRACTS AND PROJECTS WHEN THE COORDINATION
CENTER AND THE OFFICE OF PROJECT COORDINATION ARE PHASED
OUT WITH THE JUNE 30 TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY TO A SOVEREIGN
IRAQ.

LAST, I NOTE THAT THE IRAQI BOARD OF SUPREME AUDIT HAS

COLLECTED, CENTRALIZED AND SAFEGUARDED OIL-FOR-FOOD

DOCUMENTS IN PREPARATION FOR ITS OWN INVESTIGATION OF THE

PROGRAM, AND HAS SIGNALED ITS READINESS TO ASSIST UN AND
OTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGED ABUSES OF THE PROGRAM.

DISARMAMENT

ON DISARMAMENT:

THE IRAQ SURVEY GROUP (ISG) CONTINUES ITS WORK TO, SEARCH
FOR AND ELIMINATE IRAQI WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION,
PROHIBITED MISSILE DELIVERY SYSTEMS, AND RELATED

INFRASTRUCTURE. IT REMAINS PREMATURE TO DRAW FINAL
CONCLUSIONS. THE ISG STILL HAS MUCH WORK TO DO, INCLUDING
FOLLOWING UP ON CONTINUING AND FREQUENT REPORTS OF HIDDEN
WEAPONS CACHES.

THE ISG HAS ALREADY NOTED NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS OF UN

SANCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME
SHOULD HAVE REPORTED TO THE UN UNDER THE REQUIREMENTS OF
SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, BUT DID NOT. THE ISG HAS
UNCOVERED ILLICIT IRAQI PROCUREMENT EFFORTS AIMED AT

OBTAINING DUAL-USE MATERIAL IN CONTRAVENTION OF UN

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SANCTIONS AND HAS NOTED EXTENSIVE EFFORTS, CONTINUING INTO
2003, TO DECEIVE UN INSPECTORS. THE ISG HAS ALSO
IDENTIFIED IRAQI RESEARCH PROGRAMS WITH POTENTIAL
APPLICATIONS IN A VARIETY OF WMD PROGRAMS. FINALLY, THE
ISG IS WORKING TO DETERMINE SADDAM'S STRATEGIC INTENTIONS
WITH RESPECT WMD AND TOWARDS THE UNITED NATIONS
INSPECTIONS REGIME.

CONCLUSION

MR. PRESIDENT, A LAST WORD BEFORE I TURN OUR PRESENTATION
OVER TO AMBASSADOR JONES PARRY. IN DUE COURSE OVER THE
NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, THIS COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER AND ACT ON
A RESOLUTION THAT REFLECTS UPCOMING MILESTONES IN IRAQ'S
POLITICAL TRANSITION. ALSO IN A MATTER OF WEEKS, I WILL
BE HONORED TO ARRIVE IN BAGHDAD AS THE FIRST AMERICAN
AMBASSADOR TO THE NEW SOVEREIGN IRAQ.

WE ARE AT A CRITICAL JUNCTURE IN IRAQ'S HISTORY. JUNE 30
WILL MARK A VITAL STEP TOWARDS REALIZING THE GOAL OF AN
INDEPENDENT, DEMOCRATIC, STABLE IRAQ AT PEACE WITH ITSELF
AND ITS NEIGHBORS. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE SECURITY
COUNCIL AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER
IN SUPPORT OF IRAQ AND HER PEOPLE. •

THANK YOU.

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