The Iraqi parliament condemned on Thursday a proposal by key U.S. lawmakers to offer military aid to opponents of the government of President Saddam Hussein.
"Representatives of the Iraqi people strongly denounce the American Congress' continuous interference in our country's internal affairs," a spokesman for the National Assembly said."Such a behavior contradicts with the U.N. charter, the international law and the right of people to choose their political system without any foreign influence," he said.
The U.S. House International Relations Committee chairman Ben Gilman introduced this week a bill to provide $97 million in military aid to foes of Saddam with the goal of bringing him down.
"Simply put, Saddam must go," he said.
"We should have a direct, active, overt support of the opposition that would lead to the removal of Saddam Hussein from office," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, told reporters on Tuesday.
The Iraqi spokesman said the Iraqi people had unanimously chosen Saddam Hussein as president during a "free and democratic referendum which was held on October 15, 1995."
"Those agents and traitors will harvest nothing of their wicked acts but failure, setback and the curse of history," the spokesman said of the Iraqi opposition.
At the United Nations Wednesday, Iraq's foreign minister called on the U.N. chief to ensure that any comprehensive review of Iraq's efforts to disarm have a defined end so Iraqis can have some idea when sanctions will be lifted.
In a speech to the General Assembly, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf urged Secretary-General Kofi Annan to personally supervise the review and make sure that it is not "an aimless process with no end in sight."
He compared the effects of 8-year-old U.N. sanctions against his country to genocide and called for a denunciation of countries who insist on retaining the sanctions.