Benchmarks Required By Congress Will Assess Progress In Iraq

Tuesday, July 10th 2007, 9:26 pm

By: News On 6

Congress required President Bush to submit an initial report to lawmakers no later than July 15, assessing the status of each of the following benchmarks for the Iraqi government, declaring whether satisfactory progress toward meeting these benchmarks is or is not, being achieved.

_ Forming a Constitutional Review Committee and then completing the constitutional review.

_ Enacting and implementing legislation on de-Baathification.

_ Enacting and implementing legislation to ensure the equitable distribution of hydrocarbon resources of the people of Iraq without regard to the sect or ethnicity of recipients, and enacting and implementing legislation to ensure that the energy resources of Iraq benefit Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs, Kurds, and other Iraqi citizens in an equitable manner.

_ Enacting and implementing legislation on procedures to form semi-autonomous regions.

_ Enacting and implementing legislation establishing an Independent High Electoral Commission, provincial elections law, provincial council authorities, and a date for provincial elections.

_ Enacting and implementing legislation addressing amnesty.

_ Enacting and implementing legislation establishing a strong militia disarmament program to ensure that such security forces are accountable only to the central government and loyal to the Constitution of Iraq.

_ Establishing supporting political, media, economic, and services committees in support of the Baghdad Security Plan.

_ Providing three trained and ready Iraqi brigades to support Baghdad operations.

_ Providing Iraqi commanders with all authorities to execute this plan and to make tactical and operational decisions, in consultation with U.S commanders, without political intervention, to include the authority to pursue all extremists, including Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias.

_ Ensuring that the Iraqi Security Forces are providing evenhanded enforcement of the law.

_ Ensuring that, according to President Bush, Prime Minister Maliki said `the Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for any outlaws, regardless of (their) sectarian or political affiliation'.

_ Reducing the level of sectarian violence in Iraq and eliminating militia control of local security.

_ Establishing all of the planned joint security stations in neighborhoods across Baghdad.

_ Increasing the number of Iraqi security forces units capable of operating independently.

_ Ensuring that the rights of minority political parties in the Iraqi legislature are protected.

_ Allocating and spending $10 billion in Iraqi revenues for reconstruction projects, including delivery of essential services, on an equitable basis.

_ Ensuring that Iraq's political authorities are not undermining or making false accusations against members of the Iraqi Security Forces.

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