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[casi] Blair sends Jeremy Greenstock

Mon, Jun 16, 2003
UNITED NATIONS - The new British envoy to Iraq  said Monday he wants to put
the country back in the control of the Iraqi people and focus on improving
their lives and promoting reconciliation through justice.

Jeremy Greenstock, who has been Britain's U.N. ambassador since 1998, said
the Security Council should also deal with helping bring to justice those
responsible for genocide, war, crimes or crimes against humanity.

"This should start with the people of Iraq and what they want by way of
justice for their own victimization by the previous regime," he said after
London announced his new posting Monday. "We should discuss whether the
international community can help Iraq with that."

The United Nations  has established courts to try those responsible for the
most heinous crimes in former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and it created a joint
tribunal with the government in Sierra Leone. The world's first permanent
war crimes tribunal, the International Criminal Court, is expected to start
operating shortly in The Hague , Netherlands.

"But as we've seen from South Africa, from Sierra Leone, and in some other
places, the people who suffered want to take things into their own hands and
that's the best form of reconciliation," Greenstock said. "But they want
help from the international community. They often need funding and

Greenstock said he was "very pleased" that Prime Minister Tony Blair asked
him "to try and help bring Iraq back to the control of the Iraqi people and
to improve the circumstances on the ground."

A fluent Arabic speaker, Greenstock will serve under Iraq's American
administrator, L. Paul Bremer, from mid-September through the winter. He
will replace Britain's former Egypt ambassador, John Sawers, as special
representative to Baghdad.

"We are making a lot of progress actually ... but life is still quite
difficult for Iraqis," Greenstock said.

U.S. deputy ambassador James Cunningham and Greenstock briefed the council
on the U.S. and British occupation of Iraq.

Richard Grenell, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said
the coalition is "nearing completion of the first phase," including
restoration of utilities, basic services and law and order.

"Certainly there's more to do with the security situation, but it clearly is
improving," he said. "Our next goal is to create jobs and get the economy
turned around."

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