Iraqi President Jalal Talibani condemned external interferences in the domestic affairs of his country and described such interferences to be the true danger that faces Iraqis during the present phase.
The Iraqi president asked the United Nations to help his country to form an international court and described, “the explosions of bloody Wednesday” on August 19th to be on such as level as to qualify them as “genocide.”
He asked the General Secretary of the United Nations to name a high-ranking official to assess the size of external interference threatening the security and safety of Iraq and to regard the terrorist crimes as those of “a war of genocide.” He added that his country looks forward to better cooperation and coordination with neighboring countries and relevant countries, in order to control the borders, exchange information, coordinate efforts, and prevent groups that harbor terrorists from working against Iraq under any cover.
Talibani indicated that, “The danger that faces Iraq at present is external interference.” He also stated that Iraq has witnessed a series of suicide attacks and explosions, including, “the explosions of bloody Wednesday,” which targeted the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance on August 19th. The attacks resulted in the death of many innocent civilians.
He added that, “These are criminal acts,” and that the number of victims killed in these attacks has risen, “to the level of genocide.” He stressed that his government is demanding the formation of an independent international investigation committee. He also confirmed that operations of this scope and on this level of organization cannot be planned, financed, and executed without foreign forces and entities.
He stated that preliminary investigations and evidence indicated that there are foreign entities involved in these operations. Therefore, the government of the Republic of Iraq brought this very important matter to the attention of the General Secretary of the United Nations, asking that the issue be submitted to the Security Council, in order to form an independent international committee.
President Talibani confirmed that the government of Iraq had found itself in need of the help of the United Nations for the purpose of protecting Iraqi citizens and stopping the spillage of innocent Iraqi blood. He urged neighboring countries to cooperate with Iraq to stop the series of attacks targeting its citizens.
Talibani spoke before the United Nations General Assembly and demanded the cancellation of all resolutions passed against Iraq following the invasion of Kuwait by the former regime. He believes that, “The circumstances that affected Iraq’s sovereignty and placed it under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter no longer exist.” He demanded that Iraq be restored to the international status that it deserves.
In his speech, Talibani said, “We, with the support of the Iraqi people, look forward to a day such as this, when Iraq will no longer be shackled by the penalties of Chapter VII. We are working towards resolving issues pertaining to Iraq in the Security Council. These are issues which we inherited from the former regime and which placed commitments upon us. We are currently working towards fulfilling these commitments.”
He confirmed that Iraq will continue to work with relevant parties and interested entities at the United Nations, in order to reach a settlement that is satisfactory to all parties, without undermining Iraq’s commitments, according to Security Council resolutions.
Talibani indicated that conditions in Iraq, due to the significant positive developments in the country since the fall of the former regime and the abolishment of dictatorship, have become fundamentally different from what they were when the Security Council adopted resolution 661 of 1990.
He explained that, following the Security Council’s adoption of resolution 1859 of 2008 and the release of the United Nations General Secretary’s report in response to Article 5 of the aforementioned resolution that the time has come for the Security Council to act in light of the General Secretary’s report. He added that the Security Council must take action, based on the authority with which it is entrusted and its responsibility to maintain international peace and security, to review resolutions pertaining to Iraq, which the Security Council issued based upon Chapter VII, starting with resolution 661 of 1990. In doing so, Iraq may retain its international status, which it enjoyed prior of the passage of these resolutions.
Talibani stressed that Iraq, since the fall of the former regime in 2003, has been keen to respect international legitimacy and to deal with Security Council resolutions pertaining to Iraq, especially those impact relations between Iraq and the brotherly state of Kuwait. He added that Iraq responded to these matters at the highest level of responsibility and respect.
Without a doubt, Iraq’s insistence on respecting international legitimacy will support its demands for the adherence of neighboring countries to the principle of non-interference with its domestic affairs. This has reflected the unified Iraqi position towards this file.