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Summary: May 22, 2003: Presidency Statement on today's UNSC Resolution on Iraq (Brussels)
The EU Presidency welcomes the unanimous adoption today by the UN Security Council of a resolution on post conflict Iraq. This development shows a new spirit of cooperation within the international community.
This resolution achieves one of the main objectives pursued by the European Union, namely that the UN must play a central role in the reconstruction process of Iraq and lend legitimacy to the action of the international community and its members.
The Presidency also welcomes the creation of the post of UN Special Representative for Iraq and hopes that it will now be possible to address the immediate needs of the Iraqi people, by ensuring that oil revenues will be used for humanitarian assistance and reconstruction.
It is to be noted that the EU has always advocated the creation of conditions that will allow Iraqis to live in freedom, peace and prosperity under a representative government. Today’s resolution provides a framework, which should allow the international community to help the Iraqis to achieve these objectives.
Finally it should be recalled that the EU has committed itself to play a significant role in the political and economic reconstruction of Iraq.