Posted by andreas from p3EE3C313.dip.t-dialin.net (22.214.171.124) on Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 11:22AM :
Albert Yelda shines on BBC
Videolink. Real Player needed.
Once again he is not taken serious and is not believed in his unrealistic speechifying.
"I want to be very honest with you ...." , "Let me be honest with you..." and the like stuff.
But no evidence, no proof for his even imprecise and wishwash assertions & rhetoric allegations, only automatic parroting.
His robotized evasions provoke the interviewer into pinning him down a bit more aggressively than would be gentlemanlike and into interrupting his dodgy baloney in order to get him back on a more logical track.
Wednesday, 17 July, 2002, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
The future for Iraq
Tim Sebastian met Albert Yelda, Leader of Iraqi National Coalition
More than 70 exiled Iraqi generals and senior officers gathered in London last weekend to discuss a strategy for the removal of Saddam Hussein.
During the three day meeting, a military council was elected, to work towards the removal of the Iraqi president and the establishment of democratic rule.
Click here to watch the full interview
In an interview for BBC HARDtalk, Albert Yelda, Leader of Iraqi National Coalition, said the council was committed to the establishment of democratic rule when Saddam Hussein is ousted from power.
Mr Yelda, who was instrumental in organising the military council, said a wide variety of religious and ethnic groups were represented, all of whom are united in their opposition the Iraqi president.
We will not allow the Iraqi people to be victims again
He added: "Iraq is comprised of these people. Iraq is like a garden with flowers, different flowers."
"There are Arabs, Kurds, Turkomans, Assyrians, Christians and Muslims, so this is the beauty of it."
"They are all united in their objective to remove Saddam Hussein and to live peacefully in Iraq."
Mr Yelda said that the military council was seeking the help of the international community to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
But he refused to support a full scale invasion and said he believed that any US led attack should remain focussed on overthrowing Saddam Hussein.
Tim Sebastian interviewed Mr Yelda at the same time as speculation grew over a possible US attack on Iraq for refusing to allow UN weapons inspectors back into the country.
Mr Yelda said: "We will not allow the Iraqi people to be victims again. We don't want the Iraqi civilians to be targeted; we don't want the infrastructure of Iraq to be targeted."
"We want Saddam Hussein and his very close, loyal army to be targeted, that's all.
"The Iraqi army should not be targeted. The Iraqi army who are not the main defenders of this regime should not be targeted."
You can watch the HARDtalk interview in full at the following times:
BBC News 24 (times shown in BST)
Thursday 18 July 0430, repeated 2230
BBC World (times shown in GMT)
Thursday 18 July 0430, repeated 0930, 1130, 1630, 1930, 0030
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