Quotes by Jalal Talabani

A continued and consistent U.N. engagement, which bolsters the new Iraq, will convince Iraqis to put aside their qualms about an organization that many of them identify with the previous Baathist regime.
– Jalal Talabani
A greater international role is important to lift some of the burden from the shoulders of the United States.
– Jalal Talabani
A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can't find in an army without morale.
– Jalal Talabani
After that we need a government with all parties, with Allawi, and our brother Sunnis. We insist all Iraqis have a role.
– Jalal Talabani
All I wanted was to be a university teacher.
– Jalal Talabani
All Iraqis will have the right to participate in the government and to ask for their own demands, and this will help to reshape Iraq on a base of national unity.
– Jalal Talabani
All such foreign-armed groups in Iraq must be neutralized and rendered harmless in a manner that is just and legal.
– Jalal Talabani
All the Iraqi groups got support and help from Syria. And now we have reached the position of rule, Syria should continue its support of these groups, the current ruling groups in Iraq that are friendly to Syria.
– Jalal Talabani
And the Iraqi people are liberated from the worst kind of dictatorship. Now they are enjoying their democratic rights, all kinds of freedoms, a free press.
– Jalal Talabani
And third, it proves for the Kurds that their struggle ended in a way that they can say the blood of their martyrs was not in vain.
– Jalal Talabani
As president of Iraq, I shall strive to represent the diversity of a country that has too often in the past denied difference.
– Jalal Talabani
But I am feeling as Iraqi, and my duty is to work as an Iraqi for all Iraqis regardless of their nationalities.
– Jalal Talabani
But those who are pro-Saddam are very difficult to reach agreement with, because they are still dreaming to bring back the dictatorship, which is of course refused by the big majority of the Iraqi people.
– Jalal Talabani
But while the new Iraq is open to all, there must be no underestimating our determination to vanquish terrorism.
– Jalal Talabani
But, we must understand this reality-the leadership of any people is responsible for their own policy, and must not put responsibility on the shoulders of others.
– Jalal Talabani
Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession.
– Jalal Talabani
Currently the international and regional situation does not permit for the foundation of an independent Kurdish state in north of Iraq.
– Jalal Talabani
Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight.
– Jalal Talabani
Every human must take responsibility for his actions.
– Jalal Talabani
First of all, elections were held in Iraq and 8.5 million Iraqis participated in them.
– Jalal Talabani