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29 August 2005

United Nations Welcomes Completion of Iraq's Constitution Draft

Organization to continue promoting national dialogue, consensus-building

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the completion of a draft of the constitution of Iraq, according to a U.N. statement issued August 28.

The secretary-general noted that the constitutional drafting effort was “an Iraqi-led and Iraqi-owned process” that occurred under difficult circumstances, the statement said.

The secretary-general has directed continued U.N. “efforts to promote national dialogue and consensus-building among all Iraqi communities and political entities, with a view to helping the Iraqi people build the foundations of a new peaceful, democratic and united Iraq,” the statement said.

The interim Iraqi parliament August 28 approved the draft constitution, which will be submitted to Iraqi voters for approval in a referendum in October.  National elections are scheduled for December.

Both President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued August 28 statements of congratulations to the Iraqi people for successfully completing their new draft constitution. (See related article.)

For additional information, see Iraq’s Political Process.

Following is the text of the U.N. statement about the Iraqi constitution:

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New York, 28 August 2005
United Nations
Statement by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General
On the Constitution-making Process in Iraq

The Secretary-General welcomes the completion of the new draft constitution of Iraq, which has been the result of an Iraqi-led and Iraqi-owned process. He also welcomes the earnest efforts made by all Iraqi political entities under the difficult circumstances in which this process took place.

The Secretary-General urges all Iraqi communities and political entities to continue to work together in a spirit of national reconciliation, through a fully inclusive, transparent and participatory political process in the period leading to the national referendum, when the Iraqi people will decide on their new constitution.

The Secretary-General is pleased that the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and its constitutional team have been able to provide the necessary support to the constitution-making process and has instructed his Special Representative, Mr. Ashraf Qazi, to continue efforts to promote national dialogue and consensus-building among all Iraqi communities and political entities, with a view to helping the Iraqi people build the foundations of a new peaceful, democratic and united Iraq.

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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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