UN expresses concerns ahead of Iraq poll

UNITED NATIONS- The UN Security Council on Friday called on Iraq's political parties to show "national unity" as the war-ravaged nation lurches with uncertainty toward January elections.
It asked "all political blocs and their leaders in Iraq to demonstrate true statesmanship during the election campaign," according to a statement by ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which this month chairs the 15-nation body.

UN expresses concerns ahead of Iraq poll
He also called on Iraqis to "participate in a spirit of national unity," as infighting continued over the rules governing the polls.
President Jalal Talabani on Monday told AFP that electoral laws should be overhauled to triple the number of seats set aside for minorities, including Christians and Iraqi expatriates.
That call could push back the date of the vote.
UN envoy Ad Melkert warned that "success is far from guaranteed."
"Inside and outside forces continue their efforts to impose an agenda of division and destruction," he told the council.
Image: AFP/File/Ahmad al-Rubaye.

Tuesday, November 17th 2009

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