The United Nations Security Council ended mandates and sanctions on Iraq today after it adopted its new constitution and is embarked on a path to normality.
The new constitution bans weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and thus measures passed after the 1990 Iraq invasion of Kuwait imposing sanctions until UN inspections could verify the absence of WMDs have been dropped. The Security Council also ended Resolution 1483, the oil-for-food program that was administered by the Secretary General.
While the new government in Iraq faces high unemployment and many other challenges to political stability, these moves by the United Nations show its support for the new government and its hopes that Iraq will adopt a role as a normal state in the global community. Ban concluded his remarks, addressing the people of Iraq:
You have suffered too much for too long. I pay tribute to your resilience. There will be more hurdles ahead. But you have the wisdom and the capacity to overcome. You are now in the lead in your quest for a better life. The United Nations will continue to stand with you as an impartial partner. We are determined to fulfil that mandate, and help you find, once and for all, the path of prosperity and peace.