Joint Communiqué Reached Today by a Governing
Council/Coalition Delegation and a Delegation of Fallujan Local and Civic
Agreed Statement of 19 April
Following the initial meeting on 13 April 2004, the parties met again on 16,
17, and 19 April 2004 to consolidate progress made towards the achievement of a
full ceasefire and a peaceful resolution of the situation in Fallujah.
All parties welcomed the improved situation in the city and committed themselves
to take all possible measures, with all relevant parties, to implement a full
and unbroken ceasefire, which they call on parties to faithfully observe. They
recognize that in the absence of a true ceasefire, major hostilities could
resume on short notice.
The parties agreed, that as a sign of goodwill, and to improve the humanitarian
situation in Fallujah, Coalition Forces will allow unfettered access to the
Fallujah General Hospital, to treat the sick and injured. The parties also
agreed to arrange for the removal and burial of the dead and the provision of
food and medicine in isolated areas of the city. The hours of the curfew will
also be shortened so that the curfew will begin at 2100, rather than 1900 each
night so that believers may fulfill their religious duties. Measures will also
be put in place to facilitate the passage of official ambulances through the
city, especially through checkpoints. Steps will also be taken to allow
security, medical, and technical personnel access to the city to work. In due
course, consideration will be given to allowing additional civilians to enter
the city, beginning with fifty families per day commencing on 20 April.
In an initial effort to restore security in the city, the parties agreed to call
on citizens and groups to immediately turn in all illegal weapons, illegal
weapons defined as mortars, RPGs, machine guns, sniper rifles, IED-making
materials, grenades, and surface-to-air missiles and all associated ammunition.
This collection has begun and the parties discussed ways to turn the weapons
over to the Coalition. Those who give up their weapons voluntarily will not be
prosecuted for weapons violation. Unarmed individuals will not be attacked.
The parties also agreed on the pressing need of restoring regular and routine
patrols in the city by joint Coalition Forces / Iraqi Security Forces. The
parties will oversee the reformation of the Iraqi Police Force and ICDC in the
city on an urgent basis. These forces will be bolstered and improved. They will
be formed primarily from residents of Fallujah, who are best placed to guarantee
security in the city. The Police and ICDC, supported by the residents of
Fallujah and Coalition Forces must move to eliminate remaining foreign fighters,
criminals, and drug users from Fallujah, in order for stability and security to
The parties agreed that Coalition Forces do not intend to resume offensive
operations if all persons inside the city turn in their heavy weapons.
Individual violators will be dealt with on an individual basis.
The parties reaffirmed the absolute need to restore law and order in the city as
quickly as possible, to rebuild the judicial system, and to initiate thorough
Iraqi investigations into criminal acts committed in the city in this period of
instability, which includes the killing and mutilation of the four American
contractors and the attack on the Iraqi Police Station in February.
To implement these undertakings in a practical, efficient manner and to avoid
any misunderstandings, the parties expect to intensify their consultations on
security issues. These consultations will include leaders of the city, local
security professionals, and representatives of the First Marine Expeditionary
Force. For a reasonable period of time, the progress on the agreed upon issues
will be monitored on a daily basis. Progress must be clearly demonstrated and
the return to law and order observed. Time to settle this crisis peacefully
remains extremely limited. The status quo is not acceptable.
The consultations began on April 19 and will continue daily to resolve issues.
The parties in attendance agreed to remain in constant touch and reconvene as
necessary, but in no case later than April 25.