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Jalal Talabani

Date de naissance: 12. novembre 1933
Date de décès: 3. octobre 2017

Jalal Talabani , né le 12 novembre 1933 dans le village de Kelkan au Kurdistan irakien et mort le 3 octobre 2017 à Berlin, est un homme d'État irakien d'ethnie kurde, président de la République de 2005 à 2014.

Il a été élu président de la République par l'Assemblée nationale transitoire pour un mandat provisoire le 6 avril 2005 puis réélu pour un premier mandat le 22 avril 2006. Le 11 novembre 2010, il est réélu pour un deuxième mandat.

Jalal Talabani, plus connu sous le nom de Mam Celal chez les Kurdes, est aussi le fondateur de l'Union patriotique du Kurdistan, l'un des deux principaux partis politiques kurdes.

Citations Jalal Talabani

„Saddam was the creation of outsiders. He was created, strengthened, and kept by international force. He is like a man on a tree and the tree will be cut: he will fall down. The formation of a new front will inspire the Iraqi people to intensify the struggle, to give heart to people who before were faced with the whole world supporting Saddam.“

—  Jalal Talabani

Statement made as the then-General Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PKU), on Iraqi opposition leaders — reported in George D. Moffett III (September 20, 1990) "Iraqi Exiles Make a Try at Unity - Saddam's isolation spurs varied opponents to shelve differences and plot his overthrow", Christian Science Monitor, p. 4.

„Human rights and individual liberties, including religious freedom, will be at the heart of the new Iraq.“

—  Jalal Talabani

Michael Howard (July 25, 2005) "Freedom at heart of new Iraq, says Talabani : Suicide bomb kills 40 as president calls for calm", The Guardian.

„We have developed contacts with five groups of insurgents. We are making these contacts in an attempt to bring them into the political process.“

—  Jalal Talabani

Agence France-Presse staff (April 11, 2007) "Iraqi president says in contact with five rebel groups", Agence France-Presse.

„It was an agreement between (former Iraqi president) Saddam (Hussein) and the shah of Iran (ousted in 1979) and not between Iraq and Iran.“

—  Jalal Talabani

On the Algiers accord document — reported in Agence France-Presse staff (December 26, 2007) "Iran insists on border deal with Iraq", Agence France-Presse.

„I must tell you that I am committed, as the president of Iraq, to benchmarks and to do our best to achieve some progress forward for national reconciliation.“

—  Jalal Talabani

Statement made to President George W. Bush — reported in Agence France-Presse staff (May 31, 2007) "Bush sends top aide to Baghdad", Agence France-Presse.

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„I am very, very sorry for the lives lost in Iraq. I think it was a very noble job that your army and your people did in Iraq.“

—  Jalal Talabani

Speaking about loss of life of British soldiers, to students at Cambridge University — reported in Deutsche Press-Agentur staff (May 11, 2007) "Iraqi president says soldiers die for 'noble cause'", Deutsche Press-Agentur.

„No for the return of Saddam's Baath party. This is against the constitution and those who are negotiating to bring them back are violating the constitution.“

—  Jalal Talabani

On the results of the United States bipartisan commission group, the Iraqi Study Group report — reported in Solomon Moore (December 10, 2006) "Iraq President Rejects Study Group's Report", Los Angeles Times.

„We are trying to persuade all the Iraqi opposition to come breathe freedom in Iraq and use liberated Kurdistan as a base for our common struggle.“

—  Jalal Talabani

On an attempt to build an opposition force to overthrow Saddam Hussein — reported in Ethan Bronner (October 25, 1992) "Kurds Organizing Anti-Hussein Forces - Sidebar For a Quiet Colonel, A Moving Role as Santa Claus", Boston Globe, p. 1.

„The Western governments will be encouraged and persuaded to deal with the real representatives and listen to the real voice of the Kurdish people.“

—  Jalal Talabani

On the first-ever free elections for the Kurds of northern Iraq — reported in Jim Muir (May 15, 1992) "Iraqi Kurds Hope Vote Legitimizes Leadership - Cut off by a harsh blockade, Kurds engage in spirited first-ever election campaign that sets out two different visions of future", Christian Science Monitor, p. 6.

„The building of this site would not be possible without the courageous decision by President Bush to liberate Iraq. This building is not only a compound for the embassy but a symbol of the deep friendship between the two peoples of Iraq and America.“

—  Jalal Talabani

On the United States building a new embassy in the Green Zone of Iraq — reported in Chelsea J. Carter, Associated Press (January 6, 2009) "U.S. inaugurates $700 million new embassy in Iraq Mammoth new building called symbol of new era", Charleston Gazette, p. P3A.

„This is a historic visit full of love and brotherhood that sends the message that Iraq and Iran are now having the best relationship.“

—  Jalal Talabani

At a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a visit to Iraq — reported in Liz Sly, Nadeem Majeed (March 3, 2008) "In Iraq, ex-foe is new friend - Historic visit by Iran leader showcases ties", Chicago Tribune, p. 1.

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