For Immediate Release
June 24, 2004
A key pillar of President Bush's five-point plan to help Iraq achieve
democracy and freedom is to transition authority to a fully sovereign
Iraqi government. On June 30th, the Iraqi people will assume full
Iraqis had no voice in their government or their nation's future
just 15 months ago. Today, millions of Iraqis are shaping their own
destinies by participating in Iraq's political process.
As Iraq moves towards free elections, the interim Iraqi government
will govern Iraq through an unprecedented framework of freedom for Iraq
that guarantees the basic rights of all Iraqis.
The recent violence -- and attacks on Iraq's critical
infrastructure -- underscore that freedom in Iraq is opposed by violent
remnants of the former regime and terrorists who seek the failure not
only of the interim government, but of all progress toward liberty.
There will be more violence as the enemies of freedom become more
The killers know that Iraq is a central front in the war on terror.
The return of tyranny to Iraq would embolden the terrorists, leading to
more bombings and more murders of the innocent around the world.
The will of Iraqis and our coalition is firm. We will not be
deterred by violence and terror. We will stand together and ensure that
the future of Iraq is a future of freedom.