Negroponte Calls U.N. Resolution a "Milestone"
United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Affairs
Explanation of Vote by Ambassador John D. Negroponte,
U.S. Representative to the United Nations,
on Resolution 1546, in the Security Council, June 8, 2004
Thank you, Mr. President.
With today's vote, we acknowledge an important milestone. By June 30, Iraq will
reassert its sovereignty, a step forward on the path towards a democratically
elected government. The unanimous passage of Resolution 1546 is a vivid
demonstration of broad international support for - and I quote from the text "a
federal, democratic, pluralist and unified Iraq, in which there is full respect
for political and human rights."
Yesterday in this chamber Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi briefed the Council the
formation of Iraq's Interim Government. The Interim Government will pave the way
for national elections for a Transitional National Assembly to be held no later
than January 2005. Resolution 1546 defines key political tasks in which the
United Nations shall play a leading and vital role to support Iraqi efforts.
This resolution makes clear that Iraq's sovereignty will be undiluted, and that
the Government of Iraq will have the sovereign authority to request and to
decline assistance, including in the security sector. The Government of Iraq
will have the final say on the presence of the multinational force. The
resolution also addresses the current security reality, and affirms the security
structures and mechanisms warranted at this time. The annexed letters from Prime
Minister Allawi and Secretary Powell describe the security partnership that is
being put into place between the sovereign Government of Iraq and the
Mr. President, the international community now has a renewed opportunity to help
the people of Iraq and their sovereign government. Undeterred by Saddam
Hussein's legacy of many years of oppression and war, the Iraqi people are
determined to create a new reality. International assistance can and should
enhance their prospects for success. The resolution calls on the international
community to join those already helping the talented people of Iraq. Member
States should not delay in matching advice with concrete assistance - as
President Bush has said, "Free Iraq deserves the full support of the
The constructive dialogue through which this text was developed, which led to
the Council's unanimous vote today, should mark strengthened international
resolve to work together for a democratic, secure and prosperous Iraq, and for
the lasting and permanent benefit of its people.
Thank you very much, Mr. President.