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Iraks utenriksminister Hoshyar Zebari tok et oppgjør med FN i en tale i sikkerhetsrådet tirsdag: FN er skyldig i å ha overlatt det irakiske folket til Saddams tyranni.
«The U.N. as an organization has failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted over 35 years and today we are unearthing thousands of victims in horrifying testament to that failure,» Zebari told a public session of the U.N. Security Council.
«The U.N. must not fail the Iraqi people again,» he said.

FN-sjef Kofi Annan som var i mot den britisk-amerikanske anti-Saddam-operasjonen, mener FN har «gjort det som er mulig» (!) og synes ikke dette er riktig tidspunkt for kritikk…

Zebari tilbakeviste kritikken som hevder at styringsrådet som regjerer etter Saddam og fram til første demokratiske valg, ikke er representativt:
Zebari (…) took aim at Security Council powers like France which have suggested that the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council does not have political legitimacy. «As Iraqis, we strongly disagree with those of you that question the legitimacy of the present Iraqi authorities,» he said. «The governing council is the most representative and democratic governing body in the region.» (Muslimske land)

«Settling scores with the United States-led coalition should not be at the cost of helping to bring stability to the Iraqi people. (…) Squabbling over political differences takes a back seat to the daily struggle for security, jobs, basic freedoms and all the rights the UN is chartered to uphold,» sa han blant annet (AFP).
«And so we ask you today – put aside your differences, pull together and work with us, and all those who have contributed and sacrificed so much, to realize our shared objectives of a sovereign, united, free and democratic Iraq,» Zebari said.
Han kritiserte FN videre for å oppnevne en såkalt kontaktgruppe om Iraks fremtid uten å ta med en eneste iraker (!), og for å ville dirigere FNs hjelpearbeid i Irak fra utlandet. FN vil ikke få til noen ting skal hjelpen styres fra kontorer på Kypros og Jordan, mener han.

Kofi Annan, who publicly opposed the US decision to launch the war after failing to win the support of the Security Council, said it was «no time to pin blame and point fingers» over the past.
«I think the UN has done as much as it can for Iraq,» Annan told reporters. «So quite honestly I don’t think today is the time to hurl accusations.»