Jun 28 2004

SHELBY STATEMENT ON HANDOVER OF POWER IN IRAQ

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) had the following statement regarding the handover of power to a sovereign Iraq:

“Today marks a milestone in the history of our world. Today the Iraqi people will, for the first time in their history, have the opportunity to experience a representative government – one that will allow them to determine the political and economic future of their country. This historic day ushers in a new era that will anchor the Middle East not by a brutal regime that rules by fear and intimidation, but one of democracy and freedom where all people are free to express their beliefs and exercise their free will.”

“While the path to democracy is paved with many obstacles, I am confident that the people of Iraq will remain committed to the cause of freedom. There is little doubt that this journey will be long, but the destination is filled with hope and promise for the future of Iraq and its people.”