Sunday, March 30, 2008

Text of the Sadr cease-fire statement

Here is the text of the statement by Moqtada AlSadr that launched the current (Sunday March 30) cease-fire negotiations:
Based upon our responsibilities in law [shariah] and for the sparing of Iraqi blood and for the protection of the reputation of the Iraqi people, and for their unity both in terms of people and in terms of land, and in preparation for its independence and liberation from the armies of oppression; and in order to put out the fires of fitna which the occupier and his followers wish to keep burning between Iraqi brothers, we call upon the beloved Iraqi people to measure up to their responsibility and their consciousness of law in sparing blood and preserving peace in Iraq, and its stability and its independence.

The following is resolved:

(1) Ending armed manifestations in the governate of Basra and all the other governates

(2) Ending of attacks and arbitrary illegal arrests

(3) Demand on the government to apply the law on general amnesty, and release all prisoners who had not had charges confirmed against them, and particularly prisoners belonging to the Sadrist trend

(4) We announce that we will renounce those who carry weapons and target the government and service agencies and institutions, or [political] party offices

(5) Cooperation with government agencies to bring about security and to charge those who commit crimes, according to legal [qanuniya] process

(6) We affirm that the Sadrist movement does not possess heavy weapons

(7) Efforts for the return to their residential areas of those who were forced out on account of security incidents

(8) We demand respect for human rights by the government in all of its security actions

(9) Working for the realization of development and services projects in all governates


Anonymous Anonymous said...

did Sadr cut a deal? yesterday he was praising resistance. why the change of coarse? what is your analysis? can you provide insight on this change?

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadr didn't cut a deal.

Maliki did.

10:10 AM  
Blogger badger said...

My reading: Maliki and Washington couldn't tolerate another round of national-liberation struggle, this time led by the Sadrists on one side and the US special forces and air-power on the other. This appears to be not what had in mind. (But we'll see) Sadr has offered them a somewhat face-saving way out, by being the first to be conciliatory. But it is conciliatory on his own religious/ideological/nationalist terms: It is we Sadrists who have the national interest at heart, and at the same time who observe the shariah principle of no unjustified bloodshed. He gives up nothing: no weapons, no people, no territory. He's won an important round.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

And what do you expect the government response to be? I've read that operations have not ceased.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for insights.

12:13 PM  
Blogger badger said...

TheRational, I think that's still a mystery to everyone

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is we Sadrists who have the national interest at heart"

I think there is some measure of reality to that. At least Sadr's rhetoric, and some of his actions are far more in the national interest than are the Americans' (exactly zero in the Iraqi national interest) or the Maliki "government's" (about the same as the Americans).

12:06 AM  
Blogger Asser said...

Shirin: Couldn't agree more.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This piece was cited in the following article:

Moqtada the Maverick - Gone for Good?

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