Thursday, July 05, 2007

Iraq: Chuck Hagel suggests appointing a UN mediator / Comment & analysis / Comment - A less American face for mediation in Iraq

"An international mediator, under the auspices of the UN Security Council and with the full support of the Iraqi government, should be established. The mediator should have the authority of the international community to engage Iraq’s political, religious, ethnic and tribal leaders in an inclus­ive political process. In letters last month to President George W. Bush and the UN secretary-general I urged them urgently to consider this initiative.

"Special envoys have been instrumental in helping bring political reconciliation to other recent conflicts – Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Northern Ireland – adapted to the conditions in each country. Iraq needs the inter­national community’s help and support if it is to turn away from sectarian violence. If there is Iraqi resistance, we should be clear with all Iraq’s leaders that this initiative is a condition of continued US support."

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