United Nations

Interview with: Adnan Pachachi

02 July 1998 Pt. 1 (45: 39)
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02 July 1998 Pt. 2 (35: 32)
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(Iraq, 1923 – )
Diplomat, Politician

Mr. Adnan Pachachi served as the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations from 1959 to 1965. Following this, he returned to Iraq and was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, serving under the regime of Presidents Abdul Salam Arif and Abdul Rahman Arif. In 1967, Mr. Pachachi returned to New York as the Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations.

Refusing to serve under Saddam Hussein, Mr. Pachachi left his position with the Iraqi Delegation at the United Nations and did not return to Iraq until 2003, after 32 years in exile, to lead the Iraqi delegation to the United Nations Security Council. Mr. Pachachi was appointed to the Iraqi Governing Council in 2004 and chaired the committee responsible for drafting Iraq's interim constitution, the Transitional Administrative Law.

Conducted on 2 July 1998, this interview focused on the 1967 War in the Middle East. As a Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the time, Mr. Pachachi discussed the relationships between various Middle Eastern countries and described how increased tension ultimately erupted into war in 1967. He evaluated the roles of the Arab League, the United Nations, and Security Council Resolution 242 which called for peace in the Middle East.


Posted in Israel-Arab War (1967), Middle East Situation

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