Malaysian FM hopes capture of Saddam will contribute towards Iraqi peace

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Monday expressed hope that the capture of Saddam Hussein would contribute towards bringing peace and stability in Iraq and the surrounding region.

The United Nations should now play a bigger role in achieving this objective, Syed Hamid told reporters here concerning the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein by the United Statestroops in Iraq.

"With peace and stability in Iraq, we hope that an Iraqi government representing the free and independent Iraqi people could be set up to start the reconstruction process of that nationfor the benefit of its people," he said.

Syed Hamid said the views and inputs of the Iraqis should be taken into account in deciding whatever action to be initiated against Saddam.

He also said as chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Malaysia would like to see member nations being able to defend their sovereignty and freedom.

Attention should next be focused on efforts to address the Palestine-Israel conflict and international terrorism, he said.

"I think our biggest threat is that we still have not settled the question of terrorism, the Israel-Palestine issue and conflicts in other areas," he said.

Last Saturday, the US troops stationed in Iraq captured Saddam at a farmhouse in Tikrit, 160 km north of Iraqi capital. He is nowin the custody of the US troops at an undisclosed location. Enidtem

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