The White House is condemning Tuesday's assassination of the governor of Baghdad
province. The Bush administration says continuing violence will not delay Iraqi
elections later this month.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan says President Bush condemns in the
strongest terms the killing of Governor Ali al-Haidari, who was shot along with
his bodyguards as they drove through a Baghdad neighborhood.
Mr. al-Haidari, who was one of 17 provincial governors, survived a previous
attempt on his life several weeks ago.
Noting that a group led by al-Qaida ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has claimed
responsibility for the governor's killing, White House spokesman McClellan says
the choice for Iraqis is clear: either stand on the side of freedom, democracy
and peace or stand on the side of the terrorists.
Mr. McClellan says continuing to move toward this month's scheduled elections
is an important part of defeating what he says is the terrorist ambition of
returning to a past of tyranny and oppression.
He says there was no discussion of delaying those elections during a Monday
telephone call between President Bush and Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad
"We fully support the independent Iraqi Election Commission timetable
of January 30 for holding those elections,” he said. “It is important that we
continue to move forward on all fronts, to help the Iraqi people realize a better
future, a future that stands in stark contrast to the one of the brutal regime
of Saddam Hussein."
Mr. McClellan says President Bush and Prime Minister Allawi discussed security
surrounding the vote and how U.S. troops can continue working with Iraqi forces
to make sure the country is as secure as possible so the election goes forward.
Mr. McClellan says Prime Minister Allawi's administration is continuing to
work with Sunni leaders to ensure widespread participation in the vote.
"They are moving forward on reaching out to areas where there is a heavy
population of Sunnis to encourage as broad a participation in that segment of
society as well. We want to see all parts of Iraq participate to the fullest
extent possible in these elections," he added.
Sunnis are a minority in Iraq, and many Sunni leaders say the country is not
secure enough to hold the vote. One Sunni party has already announced a boycott
and several Sunni groups have said they want the balloting postponed because
of security concerns.
Violence continues ahead of the January 30 vote. In a separate attack, a
suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a police checkpoint near
Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone, killing at least 10 people and wounding
Three American soldiers were killed and two wounded in a different bomb attack
in Baghdad. Elsewhere, another U.S. soldier and a Marine were also killed.
本文相关内容: 『布什政府』 『萨达姆』 『基地组织』 『绿区』 『恐怖分子』