Reaction from Iraq regarding the "Biden Resolution" passed in the Senate by a vote of 73 to 23 (with two not voting) is quick in condemnation. From the Iraqi Alsumaria satellite TV network
Local reactions poured in denouncing the US Senate decision to partition Iraq viewed by its backers as a new attempt to curb violence. MP Saleh Al Motlaq considered that the decision do not respect the International Law while MP Hassan Al Shumari feared Iraq’s future would turn against federalism. In his turn, MP Mithal Al Allusi denounced the release of a similar resolution.
In the same context, the White House rejected the plan of Iraq partition as spokesman Tony Fratto undermined the importance of the Senate’s vote saying it’s a non-binding resolution. Fratto confirmed that the final decision about Iraq future goes to Iraqis’ themselves and cannot be imposed on them by foreign countries.
The Arab League criticized the draft law approved by the Senate. The league’s Director of Arab relations Ali Al Jaroush affirmed that the first mean to face such a divisive decision is to bolster Arab role in Iraq.
From the Arab Monitor
Arab League officials against a US Senate vote to partition Iraq
Cairo, 27 September - The US plan to crack up Iraq into homogeneous ethnic and sectarian entities, approved not by an Iraqi referendum, but by the US Senate with 75 to 23 votes yesterday, created upheaval at the headquarters of the Arab League. Ali al-Jaroush, head of the AL department for inter-Arab relations, denounced the US move as hostile to Arab interests calling on the Arab states to help the Iraqi people drive the occupation forces out of their country.
Talking to reporters in Cairo, Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi pointed out it was for the Iraqi people alone to decide their fate as a nation. Mahdi declared "Iraq has been united for thousands of years and it has the ability to preserve its unity and its integrity ... No one can imagine implementing the partition of Iraq". Al-Jaroush commented he was surprised that the US Senate, who failed so many times at passing a resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq, in one quick swoop passed an amendment to partition the occupied country.
As if to explain to himself the hurry in which the US Senate aims at bringing Iraq to its knees as a state, al-Jaroush added that "the international community has started to understand the truth of US aims in the region and to see through the false claims about weapons of mass destruction and pursuing Al Qaeda".
From the AP
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday rejected a U.S. Senate proposal calling for the decentralization of Iraq's government and giving more control to the country's ethnically divided regions, calling it a "catastrophe."
The measure, whose primary sponsors included presidential hopeful Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., calls for Iraq to be divided into federal regions for the country's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities in a power-sharing agreement similar to Bosnia in the 1990s.
In his first comments since the measure passed Wednesday, al-Maliki strongly rejected the idea, echoing the earlier sentiments of his country's vice president.
"It is an Iraqi affair dealing with Iraqis," he told The Associated Press while on a return flight to Baghdad after appearing at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. "Iraqis are eager for Iraq's unity. ... Dividing Iraq is a problem and a decision like that would be a catastrophe."
I hate to say I told you so...
Oh, wait. No I don't.