France expresses its strong concern over actions in Baghdad on May 26 defying the authority of the Iraqi State. It reaffirms its full support for the authority of the Iraqi State and its institutions, and for Iraq’s sovereignty. The investigations launched by the Iraqi authorities into violence targeting civil society must continue.
France support’s Iraq’s desire to lead the country toward fair and transparent elections that are secure and in due compliance with the law, in response to the population’s desire for reform and the rule of law. In this regard, France welcomes yesterday’s decision by the Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and in particular, the expanded prerogatives granted to it at the request of the Iraqi authorities to support and monitor the unfolding of the election.