Iraqi President Jalal Talabani speaks during the second day of the general debate of the 64th United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters, in New York, the United States, Sept. 24, 2009. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iraq said here Thursday that the legislative elections in four months is "the most important challenge" for the war-torn country, and the "real danger" the country is facing is "outside interference in its internal affairs."
The statement came as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was addressing the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here Wednesday.
"The most important challenges we face in the near future is the legislative elections due to be held in January 2010 for which the political parties have already started preparations," the president said.
"The success of these elections will put the current political regime based on democracy, pluralism and the peaceful transfer of power on the right path," he said. "The success of the elections will transfer the political process from the establishment stage to one of permanence and stability and will promote stability and security in Iraq."
"The elections will strengthen our capabilities in building national institutions ... (for a) strong state based on law, living peacefully with its own people and neighbors, and to be a key factor in the security and stability in the region," he said. "This will reflect positively on Iraq's Arab, regional and international relations and its active return to the international community."
Meanwhile, he said, "The real danger currently facing Iraq is outside interference in its internal affairs which has committed the worst crimes against innocent Iraqis from various segments of society, men, women, children, and the elderly."
In an attempt to destabilize security and stability achieved in Iraq during 2008 and 2009, Iraq has witnessed recently a series of bombings and terrorist attacks, the last of which was the "bloody Wednesday" explosions that targeted the Iraqi ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance, the country's sovereign institutions, on Aug. 19, he said.
"This led to many innocent victims, including many employees of the government, diplomats and administrators," he said. "These criminal acts and large number of victims have reached the level of genocide and crimes against humanity subject to punishment under international law."
"We believe these acts at this level of organization, complexity and magnitude cannot be planned, funded and implemented without support of external forces and parties and primary investigations indicate the involvement of external parties in the process," he added.