Wien, 16. October 2005 Press release

Plassnik: “Referendum on constitution an important step in continuing the democratic process in Iraq”

16.10.2005

Vienna, 16 October 2005 - "The referendum on 15 October on the new Iraqi constitution is a further important step in the political transformation process in Iraq," said Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik. Through the impressive turn-out in very difficult security conditions, continued the Foreign Minister, the Iraqi people had shown great courage and a determination to have a say in the building of the state of Iraq.

"This important process is in line with the timetable fixed in Security Council Resolution 1546 for political reform in Iraq, which is also firmly supported by the EU. Austria and the EU would like to see a safer, stable and unified Iraq in which democracy and prosperity prevail and human rights are respected, an Iraq that can exercise its sovereignty without restriction and can work together constructively with its neighbours and the international community," said Plassnik.