Regarding U.N. Vote Lifting Sanctions on Iraq
May 22, 2003
Today's unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council adopting Resolution
1483 to lift sanctions on Iraq will help the Iraqi people to rebuild their
country and work toward a more prosperous and secure future, one in which
they will govern themselves, rejoin the world economy, and remain at peace
with their neighbors. The nations of the world have demonstrated their unity
in their commitment to help the Iraqi people on their path toward a better
The Security Council's resolution affirms that the United Nations will have
an appropriate vital role in Iraq's reconstruction and transition to a new
government. It establishes a strong and important framework for many nations
to participate in these activities. I look forward to the Secretary General's
appointment of a Special Representative as we work together to help Iraq
recover from three decades of brutal dictatorship. I also look forward to
the establishment of an Iraqi interim administration that is broad-based
and represents all of Iraq's people so that Iraqis can participate as quickly
and as fully as possible in the revitalization of their country.
The United States and its coalition partners will remain in Iraq as long
as necessary to help put Iraq on the path toward democracy, with a united,
representative government that respects human rights and the rule of law.
We call on all countries to join in helping the Iraqi people achieve this
goal as quickly as possible.