Wednesday, April 16, 2003


The 13-point statement agreed at the end of the Ur meeting said:

1. Iraq must be democratic.

2. A future government should not be based on communal identity.

3. A future government should be organised as a democratic federal system, but on the basis of countrywide consultation.

4. The rule of law must be paramount.

5. Iraq must be built on respect for diversity, including respect for the role of women.

6. The meeting discussed the role of religion in state and society.

7. The meeting discussed the principle that Iraqis must choose their leaders, not have them imposed from outside.

8. That political violence must be rejected and that Iraqis must immediately organise themselves for the task of reconstruction at both local and national levels.

9. That Iraqis and the coalition must work together to tackle the immediate issues of restoring security and basic services.

10. That the Ba'ath party must be dissolved and its effect on society must be eliminated.

11. That there should be an open dialogue with all national political groups to bring them into the process.

12. That the meeting condemned the looting which had taken place and the destruction of documents.

13. That the Nasiriyah meeting voted to hold another meeting in 10 days in a location to be determined with additional Iraqi participants to discuss procedures for developing an Iraqi interim authority.

In a word, ambitious.


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