Iraq is making progress towards rejoining international community: FM

09:34, December 16, 2010      

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said here Wednesday that his country is making important progress towards democracy and security that will help it regain the trust of the international community.

"A democratic, sovereign Iraq that lives in peace and security with its people, and its neighbors, will be a positive factor in the stability and security of our region and reflect positively on Iraq's Arab and international relations as Iraq contributes as a responsible and rightful member of the international community," Zebari said.

Zebari's statement came at an open Security Council meeting on the situation in Iraq, which has been impacted by both the U.S. military engagement that ended in August, as well as continuing sectarian violence.

March elections in Iraq created further uncertainty, as for a long time Iraqis were not able to form a functioning coalition government. However, Zebari told the Security Council that the complete formation of a functional democratic government is now close at hand.

"The political exchange and discussions on the new government will be completed imminently and it will be a power-sharing, representative, and inclusive government that reflects the will of the Iraqi people as displayed by the parliamentary elections of the March 7, 2010," he said.

Zebari said Iraq has made important strides towards reintegration into the international community as evidenced by the content of the resolutions adopted at Wednesday's Security Council meeting.

The resolutions included measures to recognize Iraq's compliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and lift restrictions on the country related to weapons of mass destruction.

"The adoption of these important resolutions marks the beginning of the end of the sanctions regime and restrictions on Iraq's sovereignty, independence, and recovery," Zebari said. " Our people will rejoice for having turned a chapter on the aggressive, belligerent, and defiant behavior of the previous regime towards international law and legitimacy."

In order to further the end of UN sanctions on Iraq, Zebari told the council that Iraq will take steps to resolve issues with neighboring Kuwait, which former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded in 1990, causing the Security Council to give Iraq Chapter VII status and accompanying sanctions.

Zebari said that new Iraqi government will undertake "serious political action" to settle issues with Kuwait.

"My country is committed to fulfill its remaining obligations under relevant Chapter VII Security Council resolutions pertaining to the situation between Iraq and Kuwait," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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