Iraqi leader, Russian ambassador discuss Iraq humanitarian crisis
Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran
Tehran, April 22, IRNA -- Chairman of Supreme Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI) Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer Hakim held talks with Russian Ambassador to Iran Alexander Maryasev on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Ayatollah Hakim said that the armed Baathist elements have been involved in terrorist operations in the country.
Hakim called on the United Nations to dispatch peacekeeping force to Iraq and speed up delivery of relief aid to the Iraqis. He also urged the UN Security Council members, Russia and the coalition states to help alleviate the sufferings of Iraqi population.
He called for establishment of a broadbased government in Iraq and said that the Conference of the Iraqi opposition in London and Salahuddin had been successful to lay the foundation of a government for the multiethnic Iraqi nation of whom 90 percent are Muslims. He said that the SAIRI has not proposed to form an Islamic system of government in Iraq and believes that the Iraqi people themselves should make decision.
Hakim said that the Iraqi opposition have agreed to form a federal government modelled upon Switzerland or Belgium with putting emphasis on Iraqi territorial integrity. He said that the members of the leadership council set up by Salahuddin Conference have been stationed in Baghdad exercising good cooperation to help run the affairs.
Maryasev expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Iraq and called for the United Nations immediate action to help relieve the hardship in the country. The ambassador said that Russia supports Iraqi people to establish their own government and would like to see the foreign forces withdrawing from Iraq.