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Iraqis adopt blueprint for future govt

Iraq's opposition on Tuesday adopted a statement stating a future Iraqi government must be democratic and based on the rule of law, and that no leader should be imposed from outside on Iraq.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2003 12:20 IST

Iraq's opposition on Tuesday adopted a statement stating a future Iraqi government must be democratic and based on the rule of law, and that no leader should be imposed from outside on Iraq.

The statement adopted at a meeting organized by the United States in Ur, just outside the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriyah, also said that Saddam's Baath party must be dissolved.

It further stated that Iraqis and the coalition should cooperate in tackling the immediate issues of restoring security and basic services, while Iraqis must immediately organize themselves for the task of reconstruction at both the local and national levels.

The statement called for a democratic federal system, but said a future government of Iraq should be chosen on the basis of countrywide consultation and not based on communal identity.

Iraq must be built on respect for diversity including respect for the role of women, it added.

Political violence must be rejected, it said, and there should be an open dialogue with all national political groups to bring them into the process.

The meeting also condemned the looting that has taken place and the destruction of documents since US-led forces took over the country.

"The Iraqi participation in the Nasiriyah meeting voted that there should be another meeting in 10 days in a location to be determined with additional Iraqi participants and to discuss procedures for developing an Iraqi interim authority," it concluded.
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Text of Iraqi opposition statement

The text of the statement issued today by Iraqi opposition representatives meeting in southern Iraq.

1. Iraq must be democratic.

2. The future government of Iraq should not be based on communal identity.

3. A future government should be organized as a democratic federal system, but on the basis of countrywide consultation.

4. The rule of law must be paramount.

5. That Iraq must be built on respect for diversity including respect for the role of women.

6. The meeting discussed the role of religion in state and society.

7. The meeting discussed the principle that Iraqis must choose their leaders, not have them imposed from outside.

8. That political violence must be rejected, and that Iraqis must immediately organise themselves for the task of reconstruction at both the local and national levels.

9. That Iraqis and the coalition must work together to tackle the immediate issues of restoring security and basic services.

10. That the Baath party must be dissolved and its effects on society must be eliminated.

11. That there should be an open dialogue with all national political groups to bring them into the process.

12. That the meeting condemns the looting that has taken place and the destruction of documents.

13. The Iraqi participation in the al-Nasariyah meeting voted that there should be another meeting in ten days in a location to be determined with additional Iraqi participants and to discuss procedures for developing an Iraqi interim authority.

First Published: Apr 15, 2003 22:49 IST