To this day, Iraq remains under U.N. Chapter VII.
There are three files left that need to be closed in order for the Chapter VII to be lifted from Iraq. The three files are:
1. Weapons of Mass destruction
2. Oil for Food Program
3. The Kuwaiti Files
The Iraq government has been working to close each of the remaining three files and will be closing them very shortly. The problem is the lack of a governing body to settle each of the files and negotiate with the government of Kuwait on border disputes and other issues. The United Nations is placing everything on hold until the Iraqi political blocs can agree on a government. The upcoming U.N. meetings in regards to Iraq will be just a formality if the government still has not been formed and may even cancel the U.N. meeting altogether.
The Al-Iraqiyah List had issued a proposal a few weeks ago just before the end of Ramadan and unfortunately was rejected by the State of Law (SLC). The Iraqi National Alliance (INA) was flexible on the proposals. The most important was limiting the powers of the Prime Minister. Some of the proposals were the reforming of State Institutions and the transfer of powers of the Commander in Chief of the armed forces to the Defense Committee. This made it possible for the Al-Iraqiyah List to consider negotiating Abd al-Mahdi’s nomination for the position of Prime Minister while maintaining its constitutional right to form the next government. The Al-Iraqiyah List has not endorsed Al-Mahdi as of this date.
Today, the Iraqi Parliament had 20 members show up at the Iraqi Parliament building along with the Vice President Al-Mahdi. They had discussed the issue of forming the government and other items of importance. All indicators indicate that it is not close or imminent in forming a government anytime soon.
More to follow…