We believe that it is important now that we focus on and turn world attention to what will occur once hostilities cease in Iraq.
Many countries – and organisations such as our own – opposed the use of military force in Iraq. Consistent with our values we remain committed to the principles of non-violent resolution of conflict. Sadly some observers contend that those who opposed war supported Saddam Hussein’s regime. While nothing could be further from the truth now is not the time to debate that issue. There is a more urgent need to ensure that all concerned focus on the immediate and long-term interests of the people of Iraq. In our opinion such a focus is imperative for global political, economic and social stability.
We find it necessary that the United Nations is given responsibility for the oversight of the post war reconstruction of Iraq. The provision of humanitarian assistance and the establishment of interim Iraqi-based leadership and are amongst the most urgent tasks. We believe that the UN is best placed to provide the necessary legitimacy and also best placed to ensure that the Iraqis control their own political future.
While the IFSW will make its position known to the United Nations, we also urge member organisations to put their views to their governments and support a UN leadership role. Where governments hold a view that coalition forces should control post-war Iraq we urge advocacy and support for UN leadership.
Following this period of conflict and division, the global community should now work together to ensure a brighter future for the battered people of Iraq as well as making its outmost to heal the wounds between the people of different nationalities.
Sydney/Berne 10 April 2003
IFSW Secretary General