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Security Council Discusses Draft Iraq Resolution

Security Council Discusses Draft Resolution On Iraq

The United Nations Security Council today met in closed session to discuss a draft resolution on Iraq, while Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi continued contacts in Baghdad aimed at helping the Iraqis set up a transitional government to receive sovereignty on 30 June.

Mr. Brahimi's appointments included talks with French Representative Bernard Bajolet in the Iraqi capital.

Responding to press questions in New York, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said no decision has been made on representatives who will serve in the transitional government. Stressing that the process is "in the hands of the Iraqis," he said Mr. Brahimi would make an announcement only "when they can agree on a full slate."

The envoy, Mr. Eckhard emphasized, is serving as a facilitator. "He's picked up names from talking to a wide spectrum of Iraqi opinion," the spokesman said. "He's floating those names [and] he's getting reactions from the various groups, factions and individuals."

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