UN Radio Annan Hopes Saddam’s Capture Offers Peace

Published: Tue 16 Dec 2003 09:11 AM
UN Radio: Annan Hopes Saddam’s Capture Offers Peace
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Annan hopes Saddam's capture give fresh impetus to search for peace
There's been reaction at the United Nations to Saturday's capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by US forces. Secretary-General Kofi Annan consider the arrest " an important event." In a statement through a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General said Saddam Hussein's capture "offers an opportunity to give fresh impetus to the search for peace and stability in Iraq, on the basis of an inclusive and fully transparent process."
US Ambassador hopes Saddam's capture will accelerate political process
And United States representative to the United Nations Ambassador John Negraponte welcomed the arrest of the former Iraqi president. He told reporters outside the UN Security Council it's a very important development on the ground on Iraq.
"We certainly hope that his capture will contribute to the promotion of stability and the acceleration of the political process and also hopefully, to the halting of attacks on Iraqi people"
The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to hear a report from the Secretary-General on the situation in Iraq..
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" We trust, we hope that they will with a lot of debate having many difficult moments, which they certainly will have, will find the consensus to adopt a constitution with a text that...they can implement and that will move Afghanistan forward."
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