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03 June 2005

U.S., EU, Iraq Set Goals for Upcoming Brussels Conference

Joint statement issued following preparatory meeting in Cairo June 2

In a joint statement, the United States, the European Union (EU) and Iraq have laid out the purpose of the upcoming International Conference on Iraq, which is to be held in Brussels, Belgium, June 21-22.

The Iraqi delegation will articulate their “vision and priorities” for the transition period leading up to the next round of elections, according to the joint statement.  Delegations from the more than 80 other nations will respond “by presenting their views on the future of Iraq and enunciating their expectations about the country's forward progress towards good governance, a reform agenda and inclusiveness in the political process.”

Representatives from Iraq, the United States, the EU, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Japan, Russia and the United Nations met in Cairo, Egypt, June 2 to discuss organizational, logistical and operational aspects of the conference.

Following is the text of the joint statement as released by the State Department:

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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
June 2, 2005

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN UNION AND IRAQ

Following is the text of a joint statement by the United States, the European Union and Iraq.

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Representatives from Iraq, the United States, the European Union, joined by their colleagues and counterparts from the Arab Republic of Egypt, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Nations, met in Cairo today to discuss arrangements for the International Conference on Iraq, to be held in Brussels on June 21-22, 2005.

The purpose of the Brussels International Conference on Iraq, which will be co-hosted by the US and the EU at the request of the government of Iraq, will be two-fold: first, the Iraqi delegation will enunciate and articulate their vision and priorities for the transition period leading up to the next round of elections along three different, but interconnected themes outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 1546: the continuation of the political process (including the drafting of a new Iraqi constitution), meeting economic challenges and reconstruction needs, as well as strengthening public order and the rule of law).  The Iraqi representatives will present their national priorities in an effort to better coordinate and rationalize international efforts in support of the work of the Iraqi Transitional Government and its institutions.

Second, delegations from over 80 nations will respond by presenting their views on the future of Iraq and enunciating their expectations about the country's forward progress towards good governance, a reform agenda and inclusiveness in the political process.

The preparatory meeting that took place today was a productive discussion that covered the organizational, logistical and operational aspects of the Brussels International Conference.

Today's Iraqi-led discussions with the U.S., EU and others demonstrates our mutual commitment to achieving the objectives outlined in the three themes articulated above. The Brussels Conference will be a positive step in meeting those objectives.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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