Iraqi National Initiative to End Occupation of Iraq Unconditionally, Reflecting the Will and View of the Iraqi National Resistance and Other Major Political Forces Opposing Occupation
Proposed Principles for
Dialogue and Agreement
1- A declaration by the American side of a strait-forward decision to withdraw fully from Iraq according to a short time-table of no more than six months. In consequence, all U. S. and other occupying forces should withdraw from all Iraqi cities toward temporary and well defined military bases, in agreement with the new Iraqi Government. Those forces should not have any security or military part to play during the time of their withdrawal. Not later than six months after, all those forces should have completed their withdrawal from those bases.
2- The Iraqi National Resistance will declare a ceasefire while keeping their arms until the final withdrawal of U. S. forces was completed.
3- An agreement should be reached, under the auspices of, and with guarantees from, the UN Security Council, and in consultation with the Iraqi National Resistance and other political forces that never collaborated with the occupation, on selecting a prime minister for Iraq for a transitional period of no more than two years. The chosen PM should have authority to select cabinet members in non-committing consultation with the UN representative in Iraq from among technocrats and non-partisans. P. M. and his ministers will have to abide by the rule of refraining from nomination in any elections to take place thereafter. PM should have, in non-committing consultation with the UN representative, the authority of discharging ministers and appointing alternatives as needed and as necessitated by circumstances. The Cabinet will be authorized during the transitional period, the legislative, executive and financial powers necessary to materialize their duties. The Cabinet should also have the right to reconsider, nullify or modify, the laws, rules and orders launched since the beginning of Iraq occupation to the date of this agreement. The same applies to laws, rules and instructions issued before occupation.
4- The UN Security Council should be committed to preserving Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
5- The new Cabinet should start immediately, and in consultation with the Iraqi National Resistance and other main national forces opposing occupation, to reconstruct the Iraqi Army and other security forces, according to rules and criteria it deem proper. The Army and other security forces should be supplied with modern arms needed from suppliers the Cabinet consider adequate. All militias in the land of Iraq will have to be dissolved the way the Government define.
6- All Squads of Iraqi National Resistance, abiding by ceasefire, will be dismantled within six months of this agreement and immediately after the full withdrawal of U. S. and other foreign forces from Iraq, as well as after the re-establishing of a minimum size of the Iraqi Army and other Iraqi Security Forces.
7- The Army and other security forces will not be allowed to intervene in politics or participate to party life and will be subject to the commands of the new government leadership. Likewise all political parties and similar other forces will be prohibited from practicing party or political life within the military establishment or within other security forces of Iraq.
8- The Iraqi Government, in non-committing consultation with the UN Secretary – General and the Iraqi National Resistance, have the right to invite limited numbers of Arab forces of some Arab countries to perform peacekeeping in Iraq. Their size and duration of stay in Iraq will be decided by the Iraqi Government.
9- The new Iraqi Government will be empowered to achieve the following tasks, in addition to those mentioned above:
(a) Selecting a Consultative Council of 50-100 persons from among political forces, public personalities and Iraqis of special talents, who never collaborated politically with the occupation. Meetings and debates of this C. C. will always be behind closed doors, not to declare about its debates.
(b) Abrogating the so-called constitution adopted by a rigged referendum on 15/10/2005, (especially in the Governorate of Musil – Nenawa, as well as in Muthanna, Diwaniyya and Zi Qar) as illegal. It had been already rejected by two thirds of voters in three governorates and deemed illgal. All action taken based on that constitution are to be abrogated as well.
(c) Preparing, within one year of putting this agreement in force a Law on Elections, a Law on Political Parties; holding elections for the two houses of parliament, deputies and senates, taking guidelines from the provisional constitution drafted by the Beirut Seminar (July 2005) and the book published about that seminar titled “The Future of Iraq after Ending the Occupation: Constitution, Law on Election, Law on Political Parties, Reconstruction, Oil, Media, Army, Kurdish Question, Reparations“. In achieving this task the government will not be committed to it exclusively and in consultation with a large number of Iraqis inside and outside of the country.
(d) Holding general elections within the second year of the transitional period, under the auspices of the UN, the League of Arab States, the European Union, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, Amnesty International and other Arab and international organizations, in order to secure freedom, honesty and transparency. The elections will be organized on the proportional lists rule and governorate districts as stipulated in the draft constitution mentioned above (9-C).
10- The new government will abide within the transitional period, with the oil policy agreed upon by the Beirut Seminar. All oil agreements (contracts) signed during occupation are to be declared null and void as violating UN Security Council resolutions No. 1456 and 1483. All agreements (contracts) signed by the National Kurdistan Party and the Kurdistan National Union Party during the period 1991-2003, as well as all agreements signed during occupation, with foreign firms for exploration, development and oil production in Governorates of Suleimania, Erbil, and Duhok, null and void as well. The Iraqi Government will have to demand all such firms to halt their operations in those governorates and subject them to legal procedures inside and outside of Iraq for their contracts with illegal Iraqi bodies to invest in those areas.
11- Security Council, basing on a U. S. initiative, will have to abrogate all sanctions not yet alleviated, imposed on Iraq by Security Council in the aftermath of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, including the halting of any deductions from the exported Iraqi oil revenues, and to set free all Iraqi frozen assets.
12- The U. S. and the U. K. will have to provide financial assistance, in the form grants not to be repaid, for no less than U. S. $50 billion from the former and U. S. $20 billion from the latter, to be deposited within six months of the date of agreement to be under the disposition of the new Iraqi Government to use for purposes of Iraq reconstruction, compensating for damages inflicted on Iraqi state and population by the illegal U. S. – U. K. occupation. Those amounts in total would be less than the actual financial expenses of U. S. and U. K. forces for one year of stay in Iraq. Both the U. S. and U. K. Governments will have to use their contacts with Arab Governments to eliminate debts owed to them by Iraq and to waiver reparations adopted for them from Iraq by previous Security Council resolutions, and to reimburse reparations cashed by those Governments (except individuals and firms) through UN cut off from the Iraqi oil revenues under the oil for food programme.
13- The elected Iraqi Parliament will write a draft constitution based on guidelines of the draft constitution for the Beirut Seminar, to be submitted to popular referendum. Until this constitution is adopted the new Government will adopt the draft written by the Beirut Seminar as a provisional one that expires by the adoption of the final constitution.
14- The Iraqi elected Parliament will select a President of the Republic according to the Constitution adopted by popular referendum.
15- The new Iraqi Government will deal with the Kurdish issue in accordance with the draft Constitution written by the above mentioned Beirut Seminar.
16- The Governments of the U. S. and U. K. will commit themselves to non-intervention directly or indirectly, in the internal and security affairs of Iraq.
17- The new Iraqi Government will commit itself not to develop WMD in Iraq; this will not deprive Iraq of the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in accordance with international law.
18- The new Iraqi Government will commit itself also to peaceful ways, not to resort to force in cases of dispute with other Arab states and neighbor countries, including those that instigated on or assisted in occupying Iraq, with the exception of cases of self-defense and within all rules of the Charters of the UN and the Arab League.
19- The new Iraqi Government will establish an independent judicial panel, using persons of legal, Iraq and international know-how, to investigate all complaints about crimes and violations in Iraq and about collaboration with occupation, as well as state-terrorism including kidnappings, killings, and blackmailing, all sorts of crimes committed since the revolution of July 14, 1958 until the time of occupying forces leaving Iraq. This Panel will collect information on those crimes in order that the Parliament, newly elected, define the way to decide on them in the light of world experiences in dealing with such crimes.
20- After putting this agreement into effect and implementing the U. S. and U. K. responsibilities as mentioned above, the new Iraqi Government will deal with all U. S. and U. K. companies and firms on issues of the reconstruction of Iraq, oil investment, at equal foot with other world companies and firms, without political prejudice and on the basis of oil policy and reconstruction programme adopted by the new Iraqi Government.
21- This initiative will be seen as an integral whole not to be dealt with selectively.
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on Jan 5th 2006