Supporters of Muqtada Al-Sadr chant ' No, no

no America ... No, no, no occupation', in Sadr

City, Baghdad, May 30.



Sotal Iraq, Iraq

Long-Term Security Treaty Between Iraq and America 'Rejected'


"There is a national consensus on rejecting many of the points raised by the American side in this convention, because they would compromise the national sovereignty of Iraq."


-- Statement By Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim, leader of the majority in Iraq's Council of Representatives


Translated By James Jacobson


May 31, 2008


Iraq - Sotal Iraq - Original Article (Arabic)

Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq's parliamentary majority, rejects the new long-term security convention between the U.S. and Iraq as it is presently constituted.


IRINN TV, Iran: Abd Al-Aziz Al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, descibes the role of Islam in the new Iraq, Feb. 16, 2005, 00:00:53RealVideo

Baghdad: Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim , the leader of the majority in Council of Representatives [Parliament], announced that the Iraqi and American sides have failed to reach an agreement on a "long-term convention" between Baghdad and Washington.


The United Iraqi Alliance  issued a statement yesterday [May 30] that Al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, the central party in the United Iraqi Alliance bloc, confirmed that "there is a national consensus on rejecting many of the points raised by the American side in this convention, because they would compromise the national sovereignty of Iraq."


The statement added that, "From the beginning we stressed and continue to stress the importance that any agreement not violate our national sovereignty and the need for a commitment to transparency with regard to these matters; the people of Iraq must be well-informed about this, since these matters concern their lives today and in the future."


[Editor's Note: Some of the qualms cited by Iraqi leaders are the kind of military operations American troops could carry out, when Iraqis could be arrested without Iraqi permission, and legal immunity for American troops and security contractors].


Before leaving for Stockholm to take part in the follow-up meeting to the International Compact with Iraq, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari  announced that in the next phase, vital political decisions will have to be taken to complete and deliver a long-term presence agreement with the United States of America because it is, as he put it, in "Iraq's best interests," declaring that "talks on this matter have run their course except for a number of major issues related to Iraq's future."


Zebari said: "We have accomplished a lot on the fundamentals of the convention and talks are now in an advanced stage; these are important political decisions that are not part of the jurisdiction of technical experts, but are the responsibility of our nation's supreme political leadership. I therefore suggest that the National Security Council gather information and take action on issues and that go beyond the level of the negotiators."




Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: He and his supporters are adamantly against any long-term security agreement with the United States.


Al-Jazeera TV, Qatar: Interview with Moqtada al-Sadr recorded just after the outbreak of violence in Basra, Mar. 29, 00:10:16RealVideo

Meanwhile, members of the Sadrist faction, which is led by the young cleric, Muqtada Al-Sadr, demonstrated after Friday prayers in Baghdad and several Iraqi cities to announce their rejection of the signing of any agreement between Baghdad and Washington governing America's presence in Iraq.



In Sadr City, the east Baghdad stronghold of the Sadrist faction, a demonstration was organized which included hundreds of people carrying Muqtada al-Sadr's picture and banners which read, "For you, for you, Iraq." Demonstrators chanted: "No, no, no America ... No, no, no occupation."


Sheikh Muhannad Al-Gharawi, a prominent member in the Sadrist faction, said during his Friday sermon given in the faction's Sadr City office, that "Iraqi compliance with this convention would restrict Iraq and give 99 percent of the country to America." Al-Gharawi, who wore an Iraqi flag, said that the convention, "would put Americans in every Iraqi home," and he warned that after Iraq, "such a convention will come to Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries." 



Demonstrators also carried banners saying: "No to the Infamous Convention, For it Will Lead to the Tearing-Apart of Iraq and Make it an Affiliate of the Unjust Department of Occupation," and, "The Convention Expropriates the Sovereignty of Iraq."













































[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US June 2, 7:08pm]