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Arab press sees hope for Iraq
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Arabic newspapers are sceptical about the US proposal to encourage reforms in the Middle East, which was supported by leaders at the G8 summit.

But some commentators see the UN resolution on Iraq, confirming the handover of sovereignty to the Iraqis, as an opportunity for the war-ravaged country to recover and develop.

Washington deliberately planned UN Security Council Resolution 1511 [on Iraq] with the G8 summit in order to obtain the support of the summit participants for the resolution, and convince them that the waters really have resumed their flow... The resolution is seen as a positive step in realising stability in Iraq and restoring its sovereignty. But the question is: Wasn't Iraq originally an "independent Arab state" which suddenly had that sovereignty taken away?

Commentary Egypt's Al-Jumhuriyah

First there was the war on Iraq. Then there was the war against the war on Iraq. Is the new Security Council resolution aimed at ending the other war? Is the G8 summit designed to ensure US-European reconciliation over Iraq? What is the possible benefit for Iraq from this international accord? The US-Europe joint resolution on Iraq does not solve all the problems and differences. But perhaps it contributes to the restoration of confidence-building, which was lost or has been lacking since the war on terrorism began.

Commentary in London-based Al-Hayat

The summit is trying to secure a suitable exit for the US from Iraq, after the imperialists in Bush's administration had discovered that there are limits to the brute force of invasion and hegemony... There will be no Great Middle East without solving our case justly, and there will be no stability as long as the Americans give [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon a free hand to kill and slaughter.

Commentator in Palestinian Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah

Fictitious Iraqi sovereignty - US-British pressure has succeeded in extracting a consensus from the UNSC on a resolution that gives Iraqi sovereignty after 30 June to the Bremer-formed government.

Editorial in Egypt's Al-Jumhuriyah

Towards Iraq's sovereignty - Iraq will finally stand on its own feet on the way to recovery.

Editorial in Saudi Arabia's Al-Jazirah

After the unanimous UN Security Council resolution, Iraq enters a new phase in ending the occupation. This will not only be a new era, but also a historic period.

Editorial in United Arab Emirates' Al-Ittihad

Will the new UN Security Council resolution satisfy the aspirations of the Iraqi people? And will it contribute to extinguishing the blazing fire and stopping the bloodbath flowing throughout Iraq?

Editorial in United Arab Emirates' Al-Bayan

The international consensus on Iraq was a clear indication of the international will to restore the UN's credibility.

Editorial in Syria's Al-Thawrah

The Iraqi sands are moving fast and what seems impossible to achieve today may not be tomorrow.

Commentary in Jordan's Al-Dustur

Iraq has fully achieved its independence and the Iraqi people have regained their sovereignty.

Commentary in Kuwait's Al-Watan

The UN Security Council resolution was a positive action which acknowledged the need to end occupation as a way to resolving Iraq's serious crisis... However, the resolution will not prove significant unless fully implemented.

Editorial in Iran's Arabic-language Al-Vefagh

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