Algeria Former Foreign Minister and the envoy of the United Nations’ General Secretary, Lakhdar Brahimi, responded to the book, “The Sun Will Not Shine From the East” that was written by the former French ambassador to Algeria, Bernard Bajolet, confirming that he met him when he was ambassador to Iraq, but he did contributed to avoid the US-British invasion against Iraq.
Brahimi’s name was included in Bajolet’s book and he was accused of facilitating the task of the United States and Britain to occupy Iraq in 2003 and to topple the regime of President Saddam Hussein when he was the envoy of the former General Secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
“Since September 2002, the Americans and the British have begun to maneuver to gain support of the United Nations for their invasion of Iraq, and in February 2003, they went to the Security Council for a list that allows London and Washington to invade Iraq under the UN support, but their attempts failed”, Brahimi wrote on a Web site.
“I was at that time in Afghanistan, and I strongly condemned the Americans’ intentions to invade Iraq, which was behind the intervention of the United States of America to the United Nations’ General Secretary to protest against what I am doing against a UN Member State”, Brahimi said in his written contribution.
“American invasion to Iraq began in March 2003 with disastrous consequences for Iraq, the region and the whole world. The United States and Britain attacks against Iraq were outside the coverage of the UN, so it was not late to describe all American and British forces as occupation forces”.
Brahimi explained in his response to Bajolet – denying what he wrote about him – that he was not enthusiastic about the invasion of Iraq and even opposed to this decision, but it was difficult to say that to Kofi Annan, which was in turn difficult for him and the UN to face the American-British plan to do what they did.
“Permanent members of the Security Council did not advise Kofi Annan to resist the American insistence”.
“I had meetings with representatives of some permanent members of the Security Council, including the former French President, Jacques Chirac, who wanted to meet me in Paris. I also met with the former French ambassador to Iraq at the time, Bernard Bajolet, but I did not give an advice or a contribution or an idea that could help me sail in the crashing waters “.