Berlin calls for specific exitdate for Iraq foreign troops

4th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

4 June 2004 , NEW YORK - Germany has called on the UN Security Council to specify a date for the US-led multinational forces to leave Iraq. German UN Ambassador Gunter Pleuger said such a deadline would give an "important signal" to the world of Washington's serious intention to respect sovereignty in Iraq. Pleuger said the resolution to be adopted by the council should make clear a "specific date for the expiration of the multinational forces' mandate". Germany's position on the issue is close to that of

4 June 2004

NEW YORK - Germany has called on the UN Security Council to specify a date for the US-led multinational forces to leave Iraq.

German UN Ambassador Gunter Pleuger said such a deadline would give an "important signal" to the world of Washington's serious intention to respect sovereignty in Iraq.

Pleuger said the resolution to be adopted by the council should make clear a "specific date for the expiration of the multinational forces' mandate". Germany's position on the issue is close to that of France, Russia and China.

He suggested that the interim government be able to terminate that mandate earlier if it so wishes.

Pleuger said also that when the transfer of sovereignty takes place it has to be "clear that full authority is transferred to the Iraqi authorities and that restriction in all areas are only of a self-denying character emanating from the interim nature of the government."

Pleuger addressed the council in a session attended by Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who called on the US-led coalition forces to remain in Iraq, but to also respect Iraq's sovereignty.

Pleuger asked Zebari to inform the council of the views of the interim government in Baghdad regarding the issue of a mandate for the multinational force and full sovereignty without restrictions from occupying forces.

The council was collecting amendments to the draft resolution it was discussing. It has not decided when to vote on the resolution.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

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