PETALING JAYA: Malaysia wants Asian and Muslim countries to be included as equal partners in the reconstruction and rebuilding of Iraq.
The job should not be left to just the United States and Europe, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
He said the reconstruction of post-war Iraq should not be seen as “an economic opportunity for a particular country or a particular contractor from a particular country.”
“The problem now involves humanity, so if we want to bring about justice, we must work together,” he told reporters after receiving RM62,780 for the Malaysian International Peace Fund from McDonald’s Malaysia at its drive-in restaurant in Bandar Utama yesterday.
He said that for world confidence to return and to rid ill-feeling which arose following the US-led attack on Iraq, the United Nations must be given the mandate to play the main role in the rebuilding and humanitarian efforts in Iraq.
On criticism that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had failed in his role, Syed Hamid said Annan was confronted with a difficult situation and many things were out of his control and capacity to undertake, as the war was launched without UN sanction.
“The invasion has reached an occupation stage, and he (Annan) has shown the desire of the United Nations to be involved in the reconstruction and delivering of humanitarian aid to Iraq.”
Syed Hamid said that Iraqis should learn a lesson from the war and be united.
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