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UN Discusses Najaf Fighting With Interim Leaders

Iraq: Top UN Envoy Discusses Najaf Fighting With Interim Leaders

Meeting with Iraq's interim President Ghazi al Yawer today, the top United Nations envoy to the country reiterated Secretary-General Kofi Annan's concern over the deteriorating situation in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf, voicing hope for a peaceful solution to the fighting there.

Mr. Annan's Special Representative, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, continuing his first visit to Iraq since his appointment last month, also discussed with Mr. al Yawer the National Conference, which opened on Sunday and is to choose a body to monitor the interim government's work.

Throughout the day, he met with a number of Iraqi personalities representing several regions who are attending the National Conference, which was voting for the interim assembly.

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