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Brussels, 30 December 2006

Statement by Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner on the passing of Saddam Hussein

"The passing of Saddam Hussein closes a long, painful chapter in the history of Iraq. While the EU opposes capital punishment as a matter of principle, Saddam's trial and punishment mean that those who commit crimes against humanity cannot escape justice. His career and legacy show the futility of the politics of violence and terror.

I hope that all Iraqi leaders will now find the wisdom and courage to join forces to end the violence and to build a future of stability and prosperity for their country and people. The European Commission will continue to give active and substantial support to those who work for reconciliation and progress in Iraq."

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