Dear Mr. Speaker,
The Arab Parliamentary Union, of seventeen members, held its 31 annual meeting in Sanaa the capital of the Yemen Republic from 16-18th of March, 1998.
All the speakers and heads of delegations made policy statements. The following themes were the common denominators :-
That sanctions imposed
on Iraq, Libya and Sudan are unjustified and should be promptly
ended, that the denominating powers in the Security Council
( with special reference to the U.S.A ), should respect international
Law and refrain from double standard practices, that the
military build up in the gulf region associated with threats of
use of force, is totally unacceptable and such forces should withdrawn
from the area, that the legitimate rights of the Palestinian
people in their home country should be fully implemented and that
the Arab countries need a practical programme to establish an
Arab common market.
The specific issues were fully taken up in the Political Committee and detailed positions were formulated. The final Declaration adopted included the following five points concerning Iraq :
A sixth point welcomed Iraq's
proposal to receive a parliamentary fact finding mission concerning
missing and detained individuals.
Dear Mr. Speaker,
The final Declaration especially the foregoing five points concerning Iraq were unanimously adopted reflecting the public opinion in the Arab countries which was expressed in various forms during the last crises with the U.S administration. It is now obvious that the U.S administration has a political agenda concerning Iraq different from the Security Council resolutions. The government of Iraq has accepted the Security Council resolutions and implemented them with good faith.
We request that the agreement
reached with the Secretary General of the U.N on February 23rd
should be properly implemented without unjustified delays, or
Having faith in your wisdom and sense of justice, please accept
our best regards.
|Dr. Sadoon Hammadi|
|Speaker of National Assembly|
|Baghdad - Iraq|