Skip to comments.MNF-I spokesman: Iraq results up to Iraqi people, elected government
Posted on 09/29/2006 5:27:32 PM PDT by SandRat
BAGHDAD Multi-National Force-Iraq Spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell talked about ongoing operations, the Coalitions objectives in Iraq, and challenges that face the Government of Iraq and its citizens, during a roundtable discussion with Iraqi media here Thursday. Our ultimate goal for the Coalition forces here in Iraq is to see an Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors, that has a country here that has a representative government that respects the rights of all Iraqi citizens, with security forces that are sufficient to maintain the security for the Iraqi citizens, and then to deny this country as safe haven for terrorists, Caldwell said.
The general added that ultimately, whatever happens in this country will be up to the Iraqi people and their elected government.
We know we are all striving for three main goals unity within the country, security for the people, and prosperity for [the people of Iraq], explained Caldwell. We know that [the government of Iraq] right now has some very big challenges ahead of themselves.
The general said the Iraqi government also has some very big challenges in facing their legislative process, such as the constitutional review, the hydrocarbon law (a law which sets the ground rules for managing Iraq's petroleum reserves), the issue of federalism, and de-Ba'athification. He said along with security, all of these issues must be resolved for the people of Iraq to feel comfortable and for the country to move forward.
The general also discussed a letter regarding the similarities between the conflict in Kosovo and what is happening today in Iraq. The letter, authored by Mufti Naim Ternava, president of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, was written to the Iraqi people.
As we read in our papers, and see on our televisions, reports of the conflicts that continue to trouble the great Iraqi nation, our hearts are torn when we see Muslims fighting Muslims, especially in such a great land as Iraq where there is so much of Gods bounty for all, said Ternava. But at the same time, our hearts are lifted and our souls are cheered when we hear calls for reconciliation, when we see the hands of the Faithful reaching out to one another in peace to build anew the community life that was torn apart by war, oppression, and the hardships of the past years.
In his open letter to the Iraqi people, Ternava discussed what the people of Kosovo faced, such as changes in security and changes in government. Ternava talked about the challenges that came with the new government.
Like the people of Iraq, the people of Kosova had to face many new challenges after the war, he said. We had to manage changes in our security, our system of government, stronger local government, and privatization, just to name a few. We were able for the first time ever to hold free and fair elections. We all celebrated in Kosova when we approved our Constitutional framework, rejoiced again when we elected our Parliament and our President, and we will declare a national holiday when we have completely gained our sovereignty and are a free nation. When we elected our municipal leaders and came to understand what local government could do for us, we celebrated again. For the first time in our history, our government came from the people, and we knew we would have better access to officials and services.
[Ternava] understood, and his people understood, the challenges that the people of Iraq are facing today, Caldwell said to members of the Iraqi news media. And he tells you to keep hope; to keep your faith; to not lose the fact that it's going to be hard and challenging. But in the end, you will prevail and you will find the peace that they have found in Kosovo and what they have discovered there for their people.
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