Sumario: December 12, 2003: European Council Conclusions on Iraq (12/13 December 2003)
The European Council reaffirms that the stability of Iraq is a shared interest and reiterates the Union's commitment to supporting the political as well as the economic reconstruction of the country, within the framework of the relevant UNSC Resolutions. It stresses that an adequate security environment and a strong and vital UN role are essential elements for success. The European Council underlines the need for full implementation of UNSC Resolution 1511.
The European Council repeats its wholehearted condemnation of terrorist attacks on Iraqis, multinational forces, and international organisations and staff, designed to undermine the political and economic reconstruction processes in Iraq.
The European Council welcomes the agreement establishing a timeline and a programme for an accelerated transfer of sovereignty to a transitional Iraqi government, and calls on all parties involved to keep the political process moving forward in an orderly and peaceful manner. It stresses the importance of ensuring the widest popular participation in the political and constitutional process.
The European Council recognises and encourages the efforts under way by the Iraqi Governing Council and its Ministries to assume more direct responsibilities and executive powers, particularly in the security field.
The European Council urges all countries in the region to contribute actively to the stability and economic reconstruction of Iraq. A free, democratic and prosperous Iraq, whose territorial integrity is preserved, will be essential for the stability of the region and beyond.