Sun, 25 May 2008 22:27:08
An Iraqi MP has denounced a 'security accord' between the US and his country, saying Iraq would turn into a US colony under the deal.
"Since Iraq is still administrated under the Chapter VII of the UN Charter no Iraqi is allowed to sign any security deal with the US," Iraqi lawmaker Abdel-Karim al-Anzy told Fars News Agency on Sunday.
His remarks came amid reports that the Iraqi government might sign a long-term framework agreement with the United States, under which Washington would be allowed to set up permanent military bases in the country and US citizens would be granted immunity from legal prosecution in the country.
Al-Anzy stated that "the security accord would be detrimental to the country and Iraq would become a US colony under the deal".
The mandate of US troops in Iraq will expire in December 2008 and al-Maliki's government is under US pressure to sign 'a mutual security agreement' which would allow the long-term presence of US troops in Iraq.
The lawmaker said that Iraqi nation and political and religious figures are against the accord and Iraqi MPs will never sign such a deal.
The draft security agreement between the US and Iraq was prepared in June 2008 and signed in March and it will reportedly be finalized in early July.
Iraq's most revered Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has also objected to the security accord and reiterated that he would not allow Iraq to sign such a deal with "the US occupiers" as long as he was alive.
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