World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Iraq: UN Envoy Holds New Talks

Iraq: UN Envoy Holds New Talks To Promote Full Participation In Political Transition

New York, Jun 29 2005

Continuing his efforts to bring about the inclusion of all sectors of Iraqi society in writing the new constitution, the top United Nations envoy to that country held a series of meetings over the past 24 hours with Sunni and Shiite Arab leaders and government ministers.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative Ashraf Qazi today met with Harith Al-Dhari, Secretary-General of the Association of Muslim Scholars, from the Sunni community, which largely stayed away from January's elections and hence has little representation in the National Assembly which will draft the new constitution.

Earlier this month, in what Mr. Annan called "important agreement," the Iraqis agreed to expand the Constitution Drafting Committee to include more Sunni Arabs, who represent some 20 per cent of the population but were the dominant political force in Saddam Hussein's ousted regime.

Mr. Qazi's meeting today followed one he held yesterday with and Abdul Aziz Al Hakim, President of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, one of the leading Shiite Arab parties. Shiites represent about 60 per cent of the population and Sunni Kurds some 20 per cent. There are also other smaller communities such as Assyrians and Turkmen.

In talks with Interior Minister Bayan Sulagh today Mr. Qazi stressed the importance of developing a culture of respect for human rights while ensuring public order and security. He also met today with Minister of Planning and Development Barham Saleh to discuss preparations for the upcoming meeting of donors to Iraq.

Ever since the 30 January elections for the Transitional National Assembly, which will also organize fresh elections, Mr. Qazi has met almost daily with one sector or other in an effort ensure that all elements, particularly Sunni Arabs, participate in the country's political transition.

The UN has offered the full assistance of its experts both for the constitution-writing process and for holding the new poll.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news