Monday, August 15, 2005

Iraq - Constitution delayed, Rice optimistic

The Iraqi government have failed to initiate a new constitution and voted earlier this evening for more time. US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was optimistic however, saying that although there was an August 15th deadline, the Iraqi government was committed to the ‘process’. “This is an Iraqi process not an American process, and Iraqis are in control of this process” she said. It was “remarkable how inclusive the process” had become she added, but said “they have a lot of work to do.. but it was a remarkable achievement” that different groups were now working together. The drafting of the constitution has now been delayed another week.
[22:07 GMT 15/08/2005]

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