War on Iraq

Iraqi VP: Citizens Have the Right to Amend SOFA

With the so-called Status of Forces Agreement facing a vote, VP Tareq al-Hashemi warns that the haste to pass it could lead to "undesirable results."

Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi on Sunday said that the Iraqi-U.S. security pact remains the most dangerous challenge that is facing Iraq since the overthrow of the former regime in 2003, adding the public should be allowed to amend it so that no one would regret their decision about it in the future.

"Options that we have are difficult and limited," a release issued by al-Hashemi's office and received by Aswat al-Iraq quoted him as saying.

"Politicians have the right to think about the future of their country and warn of any hasty decision," he said.

"There are possibilities of mistakes in dealing with the pact and consequences of such mistakes may lead the country to undesirable results," he added.

"Iraqi citizens have the right to evaluate the pact," he noted, adding public referendum on the pact would unify Iraqis.