Report From the Arab Press

Collated by A.

June 10, 2004

Ba'th: resistance will fight all participants in newly-named occupation forces

The alQuds alArabi daily of London quoted the Ba'th party information service as vowing that multi-national occupation forces will be a target of the Iraqi resistance. The Party described the new UN SC resolution as a hopeless effort by the US rulers, which are faced with elections, to find a way out of its rapidly deepening impasse in Iraq as a result of the growing Iraqi resistance. "The resolution is a step to internationalize the occupation and give other countries an opportunity to take part in plundering Iraq" said the party, adding, "If this resolution was based on the so-called ongoing political process, all those who agreed to it would be mistaken now and in the future." It explained there will be no political process now or in the future along the occupation agenda. "In Iraq,there is a process of liberation to kick out the occupation and its agents and puppets," said the Ba'th party, vowing that any party which takes part in Iraq under this resolution will become itself a target to the Iraqi resistance.

Bremer tries to reassure angry Kurds

The al-Arab al-Yawm daily of Jordan said that American occupation governor Paul Bremer met in the northern Iraqi resort of Saladdin with the two main Kurdish militia leaders, Barzani and Talibani. He was expected to try to calm them down after they were angered by the absence in the new UN resolution of a reference to the Interim State Law which gave the Kurdish minority a constitutional veto over the rest of Iraqi people. The two Kurdish leaders were reported to have sent a letter to President Bush complaining of being' sidelined and ignored by his Ambassador in the nomination of the president and prime minister and in the UN resolution. They threatened to boycott the Interim government and to expel governmental officials from the Kurdish area, if no steps were taken to redress their' grievances'.

Legal adviser: UN resolution deceptive

al-Jazeera TV quoted an Egyptian Legal adviser on international law, Dr.Hasan Ahmad Omar, as saying the new UN resolution is a deceptive one produced by a process of deception. "In order that countries such as the USA and UK can lead or even take part in a peace keeping force, they have to be signatories of all conventions and agreements that compose international humanitarian law, especially the agreement on establishing the International Criminal Court" said Dr.Omar, adding that another defect in the resolution is the absence of any condemnation of the American prison torture scandal. "The new Iraqi government is itself illegal because it was chosen by an illegal occupation, not by the people of Iraq," explained the Egyptian legal expert, adding that a request by such a government to another country to keep its forces in Iraq shouldn't be taken by UN as a request by Iraq.

Sistani followers pleased with resolution's neglect of interim law

A source close to religious leader Sistani said: "Thank god,the new resolution didn ot refer to the Interim State Law." Parties involved in the former council and the present government expressed their support of the new resolution, considering it a step towards independence. Kurdish parties expressed their dissatisfaction at the new resolution because it avoided reference to the Interim State Law they see as protecting their interests.

Moslem scholars: resolution is cover to occupation said the association of Moslem Scholars (Ulama) in Iraq dismissed the new resolution as disappointing and providing an international cover for occupation. "This resolution has raised doubts about the end of occupation and failed to state a clear date for that" said the Association, explaining that occupation forces controlling Iraq might as well manipulate the so-called legitimacy of the Interim government to impose security and other agreements in order to impose its hegemony on Iraq's affairs and prolong its occupation. The Association asked Arab, Moslem, and friendly countries not to respond positively to the occupation's request to send troops to the multi-national forces because Iraqis would look upon such forces as occupation forces which would contribute to prolonging foreign occupation of Iraq

Iraqi writer : No sovereignty but administrative authority only to be transferred posted an article by Mohamad Aref, who said that Iraq's sovereignty is up to the Iraqis so that President Bush's announcement that he would grant Iraqis full sovereignty is baseless because he cannot give what he does not possess. He quoted Sir Adam Roberts, professor of International relations at Oxford University, as saying that, according to international humanitarian law, sovereignty is entrusted to Iraqis and all that the Americans have is an Interim administration in Iraq. Mr. Aref explained that Iraqis, be they Mujahideen or resistance fighters or insurgents or whatever they are called practise sovereignty in their fight against the occupation.

He added all that the American occupation will hand over is the administrative authority to an Interim government. "Does the new government have the authority to ask occupation forces to leave? The authority lies with the big absentee from Security Council debate, that is, the Iraqi people," said Mr.Aref, adding the Iraqi people are the ones who can grant legal and realistic legitimacy to any regime. "Was it not for the Iraqi resistance, which started the struggle against occupation in a record time, members of the new regime would have been appointed no more than advisers to occupation authority," said the Iraq writer, insisting that the newly-installed government under US tank protection will never get more than a superficial authority

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