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FM: Iraq issue should be removed from UN chapter 7

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 22, IRNA

Iran-Iraq-Mottaki

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Iraq issue should be removed from chapter seven of the UN Charter and there is no reason for continuation of the status quo.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki too has emphasized for several times that Iraq issue should be dropped from the Charter, Mottaki told a joint press conference with chief of Iraqi Kurdistan region Masood Barzani on Wednesday.

Mottaki added, "The US should not misuse the issue to achieve its goals."

He noted that security deal should be followed through Iraq's official and national channels, including the government and parliament.

Mottaki said that the Iraqi people too have some views on the issue and "We hope whatever is in the interest of people will be taken into consideration in making any prudent decision.

He added, "Iraq is about to make a historical decision and we hope that the decision will be made in the best possible manner." Barzani for his part said the formula and provisions of the deal, though not being ideal, will not harm Iraq's national sovereignty.

He said Kurdistan has taken a clear stance on the deal. "The problem is that besides current formula, there is no better alternative. Based on the provisions of the security deal foreign forces will leave Iraqi cities by first half of 2009. Furthermore, based on a timetable, all foreign forces will start withdrawing as of 2011."

On terrorist activities in northern Iraq and on border regions, Barzani said, "We do not favor tension, believing that none of the parties should resort to violence to solve problems and differences of opinion; rather, problems should be settled peacefully. Military and violent methods have never been effective."

To a question on lack of coordination and difference between him and government of Nouri al-Maliki on the deal, Barzani said, "I have never said that the deal will be signed; on the contrary, I have announced that such a deal is difficult to be signed." He added that present form and formula of Iraq-US security deal is the best possible type.



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