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The U.N.'s Role in Iraq
Aired January 19, 2004 - 13:43 ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Going to take you straight to the U.N. live, where Paul Bremer, the head of the CPA, Coalition Provisional Authority, addresses members there.
PAUL BREMER, U.S. CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATOR IN IRAQ: And, of course, we discussed the implementation of the November 15th agreement, which provides for the prospective for a freely elected, democratic government in Iraq by the end of 2005.
We had, I think, broad agreement on the importance of the U.N. resuming its role in Iraq and we talked about the need to reestablish a partnership with the Iraqis in the political process by which Iraqis will regain their full sovereignty by June 30th this year.
The secretary general noted that he is anxious to resume that role and has established what he called a beachhead with his acting special representative, who will be based in Cyprus and available to work in Baghdad.
Together with the governing council, we in the CPA, reiterated our offer to give all possible support to ensure the security of U.N. personnel when they return to Iraq. And I might say here that members of the Iraqi Governing Council expressed genuine pride when they described the role that Iraqi security forces are already playing in security.
As you've heard this morning, the governing council and the coalition encourage the U.N. to send a technical team to Iraq to examine the process of implementing the November 15th agreement, specifically the question of the feasibility of elections. The secretary general has agreed seriously and with urgency to consider this request, and, as he mentioned, there will be further technical consultations that will begin already this afternoon.
We look forward to the secretary general's early decision on that request from the governing council. And, as Dr. Pachachi has just told you, the governing council and the CPA hope the U.N. will return to play a role in Iraq. And we hope that happens soon.
SIR JEREMY GREENSTOCK, BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS : As the U.K. partner in the Coalition Provisional Authority, let me just add that we, too, are very pleased...
PHILLIPS: We've been just stepping in, I guess, on live coverage there of the U.N. meeting that's taking place. Specifically, we wanted to hear from the U.S. civil administrator, Paul Bremer, as he addresses members there, the Bush administration saying that there's not enough time really to lay out groundwork for a nationwide voting system in Iraq, Paul Bremer wanting more time, looking for a lot of support at U.N. headquarters, as a lot of demonstrators have been marching in Baghdad, as an Iraqi assembly, elected Iraqi assembly, tries to go forward and create the government there overseas.
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