Multinational Commission Working to Smooth Transition
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service
The Joint Commission for Conditions-Based Transition held its initial meeting Aug. 2, according to a news release from Multinational Force Iraq. The commission's main goal is to develop a plan to gradually transfer responsibility for security in Iraq to Iraqi security forces.
DoD spokesman Larry Di Rita said the commission is a good initiative "to help focus the development of ministries a little bit better and to develop a work plan going forward."
Commission members include: Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Baqir Jabr; Defense Minister Sadun al-Dulaymi; National Security Adviser Muwafaq al-Rubai; U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad; British Ambassador to Iraq William Patey; and U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq.
In the first meeting, the Multinational Force Iraq news release said, commission members agreed on a set of guidelines to use in developing their plan:
- The key consideration is the capability of Iraqi security forces;
- Other considerations will include the capacity of local governments to exercise civil authority and provide basic services, as well as the level of the insurgent threat;
- Transition of security will not be based on rigid timelines;
- Transition will be gradual to ensure continued success of Iraqi governance and security forces; and
- The transition of security to Iraqi security forces and the reduced presence of coalition forces will be visible to the Iraqi people.
"I think we'll be seeing more activity out of (the commission) as we move forward," Di Rita said.
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