Parliamentary Speakers call for end of occupation in Iraq
Parliamentary Speakers from countries neighbouring Iraq meeting in the capital called for an end to the occupation in Iraq and a wider role for the UN in restoring security and sovereignty to the war-torn country. Several of the delegates’ speeches at the opening ceremony of a two-day conference [ in Amman ], held under the auspices of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), touched on the abuse of human rights and Iraqi prisoners by US forces. "We believe that human rights should be upheld in Iraq", IPU President Sergio Páez Verdugo said at the opening ceremony, adding that "the international parliamentary community will help bring the suffering of the Iraqi people to an end and restore their freedom and dignity".
The Jordan Times - 13 may 2004
Iraq’s parliamentary neighbours meet in Jordan
Parliamentary Speakers from six countries neighbouring Iraq and feeling the effects of conflict there opened two days of talks to discuss the situation ahead of the June transfer of power to Iraqis by the US-led coalition. All the participants called for a rapid end to the US-led occupation in Iraq, restoring of its sovereignty and independence, and the preservation of its territorial integrity. The meeting, organised the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and hosted by Jordan brought together parliamentary Speakers from Syria, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan who share borders with Iraq. Representatives from Egypt, Bahrain, the United Nations and the Arab Parliamentary Union were also present.
AFP - 12 may 2004