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H.R.3797 - New Diplomatic Offensive for Iraq Act
To require the President to seek to institute a regional diplomatic plan for the Middle East, and for other purposes.
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October 10, 2007
Mr. PRICE of North Carolina (for himself, Mr. THOMPSON of California, and Mr. UDALL of Colorado) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign AffairsCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) Iraq's ability to establish stability and security within its borders and defeat terrorist organizations is significantly affected by the actions of neighboring nations and by regional conflicts and events, while other nations in the region have a vested interest in achieving a resolution to the conflict in Iraq.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) On December 6, 2006, the first recommendation released by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group was that the United States, working with the Iraqi Government, should launch a comprehensive New Diplomatic Offensive to deal with the problems in Iraq and in the region before December 31, 2006.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(J) Assist the Iraqi Government in achieving certain security, political, and economic milestones, including better performance on issues such as national reconciliation, equitable distribution of oil revenues, and the dismantling of militias.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) The Iraq Study Group recommended regional involvement in the diplomatic efforts of stabilizing Iraq and the Middle East, including involvement of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) On July 22, 2004, the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (commonly known as the `9/11 Commission') recommended the United States should engage other nations in developing a comprehensive coalition strategy against Islamist terrorism in the Middle East.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) President George W. Bush and his Administration have already undertaken critical elements of such a diplomatic effort, including diplomatic talks with key Iraqi neighbors in Sharm-al-Sheik, Egypt and in Baghdad, Iraq in May 2007, as well as proposing a comprehensive Middle East peace conference.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) Despite these positive actions, significantly more robust diplomatic effort is needed to establish international consensus on achieving security and stability in Iraq, promoting national reconciliation efforts in Iraq, supporting the reconstruction of Iraq, and supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Iraqi nation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL DIPLOMACY.
(a) In General- As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall seek to develop and implement a regional diplomatic plan, in conjunction with the United Nations Security Council, that will attempt to accomplish the following objectives:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) undertake a sustained diplomatic effort to engage the governments of nations in the region on the regional diplomatic plan required in subsection (a) and on issues and actions that impact the situation in Iraq;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) encourage the increased engagement of international organizations, including the United Nations, the Arab League, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, in working toward solutions to achieve stability and security in Iraq.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Report- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 90 days thereafter, the President shall transmit to Congress a report on the status of efforts to implement the regional diplomatic plan required by subsection (a), including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) efforts of the United States to promote regional dialogue on Iraq's future, including the organization of regional peace conferences and the establishment of sustained regional structures such as working groups;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) the status of pledges of financial assistance for the relief and reconstruction of Iraq made by members of the international community at the Madrid International Conference on Reconstruction in Iraq and other international conferences for the relief and reconstruction of Iraq since March 2003, and the efforts of the United States to encourage nations and organizations to fulfill such pledges; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR IRAQ REGIONAL SECURITY.
(a) Special Envoy for Iraq Regional Security- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall appoint a Presidential Special Envoy for Iraq Regional Security.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) Carry out, in consultation with the United States Ambassador to Iraq, the Commander of the Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and leaders of foreign nations and international organizations, the policy set forth in section 3(b) of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) Enter into discussions with the Government of Iraq and governments of neighboring countries to support Iraq's efforts to achieve peace and stability and to take necessary actions to prevent regional instability. Such discussions shall include the establishment of security along Iraq's borders, the prevention of entry of weapons and foreign terrorists into Iraq, and cessation of destabilizing actions or interventions from outside Iraq's borders.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Organize an Iraq Support Group, consisting of representatives of the entities described in paragraph (2), to coordinate regional and international policy in support of Iraq's efforts to achieve peace and stability.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Authorization of Appropriations- To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2008 and 2009.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of State shall undertake the organization of an international donors conference to solicit additional commitments of funding and support from the international community for ongoing reconstruction and economic development activities in Iraq.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) LEADERSHIP OF CONFERENCE- The international donors conference should be presided over by the Secretary-General of the United Nations or by the head of another international organization, as appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- To carry out this subsection, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2008 and 2009.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) United Nations- The President shall direct the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations to consult with the United Nations Security Council to institute the regional diplomatic plan described in section 3(a) of this Act and to seek a new resolution in the United Nations Security Council that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) authorizes renewed United Nations assistance to promote security and political reconciliation in Iraq, including a commitment to an increased United Nations role following the beginning of a strategic redeployment of United States Armed Forces personnel from Iraq.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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