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Philippine Statement
By
H.E. MR. LAURO L. BAJA, JR.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations


After the Security Council Vote on Resolution 1546 on Iraq
Security Council Chamber, 08 June 2004



Yesterday, we were divided over Iraq. That should be a forgettable day. Today, we are united over Iraq. This is a great day therefore for Iraq, the Security Council, the United Nations and the international community.

The Philippines is particularly pleased that this eloquent expression of unity on Iraq happened during our presidency. In many significant ways, the resolution just adopted validates the Philippine position of unwavering support for a free democratic, pluralistic and united Iraq.

We can congratulate ourselves for the house we had built in Iraq. We built it with transparency and inclusivity, which led to the unanimous adoption of this important resolution.

The foundations for a lasting edifice are in the resolution: transfer of full sovereignty come June 30; the leading role of the United Nations in assisting in the political process towards a constitutional government; Iraqi ownership of security policies; its financial and natural resources and other attributes of sovereignty.

The challenge now for Iraq and the international community is to translate into action what is given in the resolution and nurture such plan of action on the ground. We are confident that given the atmosphere of accommodation and understanding in the Council and the interest and concern, which this resolution elicited from a great number of states, such challenge could be met with success.

We are happy to have been part of the negotiation of this historic resolution 1546 and to have voted for it.











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