Adviser to Iraqi vice-president: U.S. is responsible for building democracy in Iraq

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 15 /Trend, U.Sadikhova/

U.S. takes a moral and physical responsibility for building democracy in Iraq, and for this, it has enough strength to exert pressure on the formation of the future Iraqi government, said Khalil Azravi, Adviser to the Vice-President of Iraq.

"The U.S. can exert political pressure on the formation of the government, because it is responsible for building democracy in Iraq," Azravi, a political adviser of a prominent Iraqi politician Tariq al-Hashimi, told Trend.

Al-Hashimi, the leader of the bloc, which is part of Ayad Allawi's coalition Al-Iraqiya, from which the latter nominated for the March parliamentary elections, and which won most seats - 91 out of 325, while it was necessary to gain 163 mandate for the absolute majority. The second bloc was "State of law", headed by acting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Despite the talks between the major blocs al-Maliki and Allawi regarding the establishment of a coalition government, the political vacuum has been continuing in Iraq for four months, which causes concern of the United States who plan to withdraw troops from the country by the end of 2011.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, at a press conference with his American counterpart Hillary Clinton, called on Washington to help the Iraqi politicians form a government to resolve the political vacuum in the country, website of Arab television channel Al Jazeera reported.

Zebari believes the U.S. has enough potential to create a new government in Iraq, but he refused to comment on the questions of journalists on what steps should be taken by Washington.

According Azravi, Washington is aware of the significance and influence on the political processes in Iraq, so the White House knows what to do in this case.

"The role of the United States remains strong and efficient, and as reflected in the security agreement [envisaging the withdrawal of U.S. troops], the U.S. is the initiator and responsible for the observance of democratic rights in Iraq," said Azravi.
 

Early last week, the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who arrived in Iraq with an unplanned visit, held talks with all political parties to seek a way out of this impasse and resolve instability in Iraq that followed the elections. At the same time, the American command in the Middle East stated it had not changed plans to withdraw troops from the country by next year.

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