Statement by Senator Joe Biden in Advance of Iraq Conference
Washington, DC - Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement today in advance of the two-day Iraq Conference in Egypt:
"I am pleased that we are meeting this week with the G-8 countries and Iraq's neighbors to talk about Iraq's future but that's not enough. I'm all in favor of meetings but they have to have a purpose and produce a detailed plan of action. We can talk about Iraq all day long, but it doesn't matter unless we are urging our allies and the neighboring countries to adopt a clear strategy and to work with us in encouraging Iraqis to follow it.
"We have to change course; we have to end this war responsibly and push for a political settlement that brings stability to Iraq. I believe the only way to do this is to decentralize Iraq separate the parties and give them breathing room in their own regions, held together by a limited central government.
"Federalism is Iraq's best possible future. I urge Secretary Rice to use this meeting to convince our allies and Iraq's neighbors of that fact and to develop together a plan to make federalism workable for all Iraqis."
Joseph R. Biden, Statement by Senator Joe Biden in Advance of Iraq Conference Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/316692