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Bush Urges U.N. to Support Iraq, Fight Terrorism

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2005 – President Bush today urged the United Nations to close ranks against the threat of global terrorism.

In his speech before the world body's high-level plenary meeting at the U.N.'s New York City headquarters, Bush first thanked the 115 nations and almost a dozen international organizations that offered assistance to the U.S. for Hurricane Katrina relief along the stricken Gulf Coast.

"Your response, like the response to last year's tsunami, has shown once again that the world is more compassionate and hopeful when we act together," Bush said to U.N. representatives.

The president then urged the U.N. to "actively respond to the other great challenges of our time." Today, terrorism "could threaten the security of any peaceful country," he pointed out.

In recent years global terrorists have attacked and killed innocent citizens in the United States, Great Britain, Tunisia, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, Russia, Egypt, and Iraq, Bush said.

"The lesson is clear. There can be no safety in looking away or seeking the quiet life by ignoring the hardship and oppression of others," Bush said, noting terrorists must be confronted and must "know the world stands united against them."

In this regard, Bush urged U.N. representatives to approve a new resolution outlawing terrorist acts as well as to forge global agreements to prevent illicit transfer of weapons of mass destruction across national borders.

Oppressive regimes sow societal discord and poverty that breeds lawlessness and terrorism, Bush pointed out. Democratic nations "contribute to peace and stability," he explained, "because they seek national greatness in achievements of their citizens, not the conquest of their neighbors."

Consequently, the world "has a vital interest in the success of a free Iraq," Bush said. "No civilized nation has an interest in seeing a new terrorist state emerge in that country," he said.

The U.N. "has played a vital role in the success" of the January 2005 Iraqi elections, Bush said, where 8.5 million Iraqis "defied the terrorists and cast their ballots." And U.N. representatives have supported Iraq's elected leaders as they've drafted a new constitution, Bush noted.

He exhorted the U.N. and its member nations "to continue to stand by the Iraqi people as they complete the journey to a fully constitutional government." Successful establishment of a constitutional government in Iraq "will inspire others to claim their freedom," Bush said.

With Iraq leading the way, the president said, he envisions that the Middle East "will grow in peace and hope and liberty." When that occurs "all of us will live in a safer world," he said.

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