Berlin says Iraq handover must be 'credible'

26th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2004 , BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has lashed out at the United States, saying any handover of democratic authority in Iraq must be "credible". "There must be a credible handover of sovereignty in the Iraqi governmental authority," he told SWR broadcasting in Germany on the weekend. "Only in that way can a transition in Iraq come into being," he said. "As long as the presence of Western troops in that country is viewed as an occupation, it will be very, very difficult for a pr

26 April 2004

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has lashed out at the United States, saying any handover of democratic authority in Iraq must be "credible".

"There must be a credible handover of sovereignty in the Iraqi governmental authority," he told SWR broadcasting in Germany on the weekend.

"Only in that way can a transition in Iraq come into being," he said. "As long as the presence of Western troops in that country is viewed as an occupation, it will be very, very difficult for a process of confidence-building to occur," he said.

Fischer said Washington's decisions in recent years "have not always been presaged by wisdom".

But he added that, if any leader could usher in democracy in Iraq, it would be United Nations special envoy for Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi.

In Paris, meanwhile, Brahimi said it would be "not easy but possible" to install an Iraqi interim government by the planned 30 June transfer of power.

The new government would only have limited authority, Brahimi said in Paris after a meeting with President Jacques Chirac.

According to the November 2003 agreement between the US-led occupation and Iraq's Provisional Governing Council (IGC), the new interim administration is to govern Iraq until parliamentary election in January 2005.

Chirac said he supported a fast, complete and genuine transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis. The 30 June had to become a decisive event in the development of Iraq after the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Brahimi said his plans for the formation of a transitional government remained provisional as further talks were planned with numerous Iraqis in the coming weeks.

DPA
Subject: German news

 

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