STATEMENTS BY UNITED NATIONS ENVOY LAKHDAR BRAHIMI;
IRAQI PRESIDENT GHAZI AL-YAWAR;
AND IRAQI PRIME MINISTER AYAD ALAWI
TOPIC: THE NEW INTERIM GOVERNMENT FOR IRAQ
LOCATION: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2004
MR. BRAHIMI: It is my honor and my pleasure to stand alongside Their
Excellencies Sheik Ghazi al-Yawar, the new president of Iraq, and Dr. Ayad Alawi,
the new prime minister. Allow me first of all to express to both of them and,
through them, to their colleagues in the new government my sincere
congratulations and best wishes for the success of their mission.
I think that the people of Iraq will be praying all over the country for the
success of their mission, which aims at starting the rebuilding of the new Iraq.
During the last few days, I have had detailed discussions with President Ghazi
al-Yawar and with Dr. Alawi concerning the formation of the government, and I
submitted to Dr. Alawi suggestions and recommendations we arrived at as a result
of the consultations we held during three visits to Iraq. And these discussions,
as you know, took place with the Governing Council, the CPA and large segments
of the Iraqi people.
And now His Excellency President Ghazi al-Yawar will say a few words, and he
would be followed by His Excellency Dr. Ayad Alawi, who will present to you his
Thank you very much.
PRESIDENT AL-YAWAR: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. It's my pleasure to
stand here in front of you to express, on behalf of all Iraqis, our deepest
gratitude to the United Nations, represented by U.N. general-secretary, His
Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan, and our friend His Excellency Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi,
for the great human efforts exerted for assisting Iraqis to step forward toward
full sovereignty through the formation of the Iraqi interim government, which --
Mr. Brahimi spent a great effort, with a lot of bravery and distinguished
wisdom. We, the Iraqis, also look forward for being granted full sovereignty,
through a Security Council resolution, to enable us to rebuild a free,
independent, democratic and federal unified homeland.
Thank you very much.
PRIME MIN. ALAWI: Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman. I'm going to lay out my
vision and my government goals later today in the official ceremony.
But now, clearly, I would like to express my deepest thanks to the United
Nations and the secretary-general and to his distinguished envoy, brother
Lakhdar Brahimi, for his vital role in supporting the political process in Iraq
and for his unique contribution made to Iraq in these difficult times that Iraq
is passing through.
After 35 years of ruthless tyrannical regime, and after the liberation of Iraq
by the coalition forces under the leadership of the United States, we are
starting now our march towards sovereignty and democracy in establishing the
interim government in Iraq during this critical junction in history of this
It is with acknowledgment and deepest appreciation we thank the United Nations
and especially the efforts done by Mr. Brahimi and his capabilities and unique
experience in bringing about a positive result in Iraq.
I would read you now the members and the ministers in my cabinet. Later on we
will have CVs distributed to you.
The deputy prime minister for security affairs is Mr. Barham Saleh. Minister of
Agriculture is Dr. Sawsan al-Sharifi. Minister of Communication is Dr. Mohammed
al-Hakim. Minister of Construction and Housing Dr. Umar Farouk Salim al-Damluji.
Minister of Culture Mr. Mufid al-Jazairi. Minister of Defense Mr. Hazem al-Shalan.
Minister of Education Dr. Sami al-Mudahffar. Minister of Electricity Dr. Ayham
al-Samarra’i. Minister of Environment Dr. Mushkat Mumin. Minister of Placement
and Immigration, Ms. Pascal Ishu Wardah. Minister of Finance Dr. Adil
Abd-al-Mahdi. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Hoshyar Zebari. Minister of Health
Dr. Ala-al-Din-Al-Awan. Minister of Higher Education Dr. Tahir al-Bakka.
Minister of Human Rights Dr. Bakhtiyar Amin. Minister of Industry and Minerals
Dr. Hakim al- Hasni. Minister of Interior Mr. Falah al-Naqib. Minister of Water
Resources Dr. Abd-al-Latif Rashid. Minister of Justice Dr. Malik Duhan al- Hasan.
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ms. Layla Abd-al-Latif. Minister of Oil Mr.
Thamir al-Ghadbhan. Minister of Planning Dr. Mahdi al-Hafiz. Minister of Public
Works Dr. Nisrin Barwari. Minister of Science and Technology Mr. Rashad Umar
Mindan. Minister of Trade Mr. Mohammed al-Juburi. Minister of Transportation Mr.
Luay Hatim Sultan al-Urs. Minister of Youth and Sport Ali Faiq Al-Ghadban.
Minister of State for Provinces Judge Waeil Abd-al-Latif. Minister of State for
Women Ms. Nirmin Uthman. Minister of State Dr. Qassim Dawud.. Minister of State
Dr. Mahmoud Othman. Minister of State Dr. -- Mr. Adnan al-Janabi.
It is also important to acknowledge -- unfortunately, they are not with us --
that the council, with the help of the United Nations, have chosen two vice
presidents. One of them is Mr. Ibrahim Jaafari al-Eshaiker, and the second
gentleman is Dr. Rowsch Shaways.
MR. BRAHIMI: I don't think we'll be taking questions at this stage. I think we
will be -- I will be holding a press conference at a later stage today or
tomorrow. Terribly sorry, but this is what our orders are. Thank you very much.