Reaction from inside and outside Iraq as official results from this month's nationwide referendum reveal that voters have approved the country's new constitution:
US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH
With their courageous vote, the Iraqi people have once again proved their determination to build a democracy united against extremism and violence.
US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE
It is not against the exercise of democracy to vote no. It is the exercise of democracy to vote, and the Sunnis have exercised their right to vote.
UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN
That so many voters turned out to vote despite the threats
against them is a welcome sign of their desire to choose ballots
rather than bullets to express their political views.
EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF XAVIER SOLANA
The strong participation of the electorate, under precarious
security conditions, is an important contribution to the
establishment of democracy in Iraq. The results, while overall positive, shed light
on deep-seated divisions among the communities of Iraq. It is
important to exert all efforts to overcome these divisions.
SUNNI CONSTITUTION NEGOTIATOR SALEH MUTLAQ
Violence is not the only solution if politics offers
solutions so that we can move in that direction. But there is
very little hope that we can make any gains in the elections. I call on the free world, I call on the United Nations to
intervene. We will not accept any referendum or election without
IRAQ GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN LAITH KUBBA
I think politically it's important to read the sub-text that there is a constituency out there which wants some amendments to the constitution.
FAREED SABRI, SUNNI IRAQI ISLAMIC PARTY
It's really not democracy because there's 6,000 polling stations, all
being controlled by the militias and by the government, and so this is
not a real democracy - but at least it's a step on the ladder of democracy.
US PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN SCOTT McCLELLAN
It's a landmark day in the history of Iraq. We congratulate the
Iraqi people. The political process is continuing to
move forward in Iraq, and it is an encouraging sign to see
more and more people participating in the process.
UK FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW
The Iraqi people have shown again their determination to defy
the terrorists and take part in the democratic process. This is an important step in the development of a democratic, stable and
ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER GIANFRANCO FINI
Today marks the beginning of a new era of dialogue and
reconciliation among all Iraqi people, beyond ethnic and
religious differences, and shows that politics has defeated
the violence of terror.