For Immediate Release
April 9, 2003
Update on the Liberation of Iraq
America and Britain are joined in large tasks because we share
fundamental convictions. We believe that free nations have the
responsibility to confront terrorism, oppose the spread of WMD,
advance human rights across the world, and enforce the just demands
of the International community.
The world has witnessed the brutal desperation and true character
of the Iraqi regime. The world is also witnessing the liberation and
humanitarian aid our Coalition is bringing.
In fighting this war, we're taking every precaution to protect
innocent life. We're showing respect for the Iraqi people and for
their culture. There will be difficult fighting ahead, yet the
outcome is not in doubt: Iraq will be free.
Iraq Interim Authority
After the current regime is removed, our Coalition will work to
restore electricity and water supplies, medical care, and other
essential services in Iraq. We'll move as quickly as possible to
place governmental responsibilities under the control of an interim
authority composed of Iraqis from both inside and outside the
The interim authority will serve until a permanent government can
be chosen by the Iraqi people. The rebuilding of Iraq will require
the support and expertise of the international community. We're
committed to working with international institutions, including the
United Nations, which will have a vital role to play in this task.
This work will not be easy, but we're going to see it through. A
free Iraq will be ruled by laws, not by a dictator. A free Iraq will
be peaceful, and not a friend to terrorists or a menace to its
neighbors. A free Iraq will give up its weapons of mass destruction,
and set itself on the path to democracy.
The end of Saddam's regime will also remove a source of violence
and instability in the Middle East. Our governments are working to
help bring about a settlement that protects the rights of Israelis
and Palestinians, and promotes peace, security, and promotes human
We are committed to helping the parties take the final steps
toward a lasting peace. America supports the remaining actions that
must be taken to realize the promise of the Good Friday Agreement.