- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2005

NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to condemn recent “shameless and horrific attacks” in Iraq and called on Iraq’sneighbors to halt the flow of terrorists and weapons.

The U.S.- and British-sponsored resolution “condemns without reservation and in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that have taken place in Iraq, and regards any act of terrorism as a threat to peace and security.”

The council met one day after 14 Marines and their civilian interpreter were killed in western Iraq during a particularly bloody week for U.S. forces.

“This resolution highlights the critical importance of cooperation among all member states to halt the flow of terrorists, weapons and terrorist financing to Iraq,” said U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton in his first council appearance since being appointed by President Bush.

Mr. Bolton called on Iran and Syria to honor international commitments to promote stability in the region.

Iraqi Ambassador Samir Sumaida’ie said, “Iraq is paying in blood and treasure, the blood of its innocent civilians and the wealth it badly needs for reconstruction and healing, in a fight against this multiheaded modern-day monster.”

Britain, Brazil, France, Greece, China, Romania, Algeria and Argentina also spoke in support of the resolution, which warns that “acts of terrorism must not be allowed to disrupt Iraq’s political and economic transition currently taking place.”

Russian Deputy Ambassador Alexander Konuzin endorsed the resolution, but also called for a “time frame and conditions for the withdrawal of all foreign forces” from Iraq.

“Without solving these items, the reasons for the continuation of terrorist activity in Iraq will not be ended,” Mr. Konuzin said.

American military commanders are concerned that insurgents are pouring over the borders, primarily from Iran and Syria.

Attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces, as well as U.S. forces, have intensified in recent weeks: foreign diplomats have been kidnapped and killed; Iraqi officials and drafters of a constitution have been assassinated; Iraqi police stations and markets have been targeted.

Since Monday, 21 U.S. Marines and soldiers have died in increasingly ferocious and sophisticated attacks.

Mr. Sumaida’ie, the Iraqi ambassador, told reporters after the council session that Syria had assured Baghdad that it is trying to stem the flow of terrorists “but we keep seeing this.”

Mr. Sumaida’ie, whose nephew was killed during a raid by U.S. forces two months ago, said that Iraq’s security is foremost the responsibility of the Iraqi government.

Most of the attacks are carried out by Saddamists, Islamists and organized crime cells, the ambassador said.

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