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Iran puts forward plan to help resolve Iraqi crisis

Istanbul, Nov 3, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Saturday presented Iranian plan to help resolve Iraqi crisis. He said in his address in Istanbul to Conference on Iraq of foreign ministers of the neighboring states that Iraqi crisis has three aspects security, political and economic.

Mottaki said that the security aspect should be resolved through setting a timetable for withdrawal of occupiers by the United Nations.

He said that the Iraqi government should be empowered to administer state affairs and any military missions should require a request from the Iraqi government to that effect.

Mottaki said that Iraqi national security forces must undertake military missions since they have proved in practice that they can conduct such missions carefully averting civilian losses.

"Provinces where Iraqi security forces have undertaken the task enjoy tranquility. We believe that the Iraqi government should be free as an independent state to buy arms to equip its armed forces and the police seriously," Mottaki said.

He pointed to organized crimes perpetrated by terrorist groups as the main cause of tension between Iraq and its neighbors.

Mottaki, who undertook mediation efforts between Iraq and Turkey to ease tension between the two neighboring states over cross-border operations of the terrorist Turkish Workers Party (PKK), said that the terrorist groups have concentrated their forces in camps.

"In the past, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein used to employ them as leverage against neighboring states. The Iraqi government is expected to expel terrorists from Iraq and revive bilateral or multilateral pacts the former regime has signed with neighboring states through expulsion of the terrorist groups," Mottaki said.

He said that the Iraqi people suffer from wrongdoings of private security companies and many innocent civilians have fallen victims to their attacks calling for expelling Blackwater security company and the International Criminal Court (ICC) take legal action those involved in killing Iraqi civilians.

Iraqi government has sought dlrs 136 million compensation from Blackwater for killing 17 civilians.

Mottaki said that the political aspect of the Iraqi crisis needs collective assistance of regional states in the political process and reopen their embassies in Iraq as quickly as possible.

"Iraqi Constitution should be respected and the political concerns which created divisions among the Iraqi nation, such as fair distribution of oil wealth and the subject of Kirkuk, should be put off for two years."

The Iranian foreign minister said that in order to deal with Iraqi economic crisis, the international community must help Iraqi reconstruction efforts and deal with plight of the Iraqi refugees by helping their repatriation.

He said that Iraq's neighboring states are expected to help Iraqi government overcome shortages in electricity and gas supplies and oil derivatives.

Mottaki said that four major states in the region -- Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Turkey along with the United Nations are expected to help implement Iranian plan on Iraq.

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