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Iraq: Micheline Calmy-Rey says that her country would have a post-conflict role to play

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Geneva, March 18 (KUNA) - The Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said Tuesday that her country has a role to play in post conflict Iraq.

Addressing a news conference in Geneva, Calmy-Rey explained that such a role would be in the context of the Swiss expertise in democratic institution building and in promoting peace in the reconstruction phase of Iraq.

Micheline Calmy-Rey noted that the world is facing a serious moment and that she called upon the Human Rights Commission to uptake their responsibilities.

She added that peace, development and human rights are in danger today.

"In terms of peace, we are facing today the eventuality of conflict, of war, and what we are worried about most in Switzerland is the fate of civilians caught up in the forthcoming war," said Micheline Calmy-Rey.

And added that war does not justify all the means, and that it cannot be carried out in any manner.

Micheline Calmy-Rey noted that she called upon the international community to properly implement international humanitarian law.

She stressed that Saddam Hussein and his entourage will not be allowed admission to Switzerland in the event that he and his entourage choose to leave Iraq.

And added that what applies to Saddam Hussein applies to his entourage including his half brother Barzan Takriti.

Calmy-Rey added that her country is against "unilateral measures" and in this sense she could be interpreted as condemning the forthcoming war in Iraq.

She added that the "unilateral move" does weaken the United Nations system.

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