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Hizbullah reveals ‘Iraqi Taif’ plan

Hizbullah outlined Sunday its proposal for what it called an Iraqi national reconciliation, urging the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference or their members to sponsor what is being called an “Iraqi Taif.” Hizbullah warned that the goals of an American military assault on Iraq had become “clear to all,” and would result in “disastrous” consequences for Iraq and the region. As one way to remove the pretexts for such an aggression, Hizbullah said, its secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, had broached Friday the idea of a reconciliation conference, or Iraqi Taif, along the lines of the 1989 meeting in Saudi Arabia that helped end the Lebanese civil war. Hizbullah said that participants in such a conference would comprise representatives of the Iraqi regime and the opposition. The statement said that the participants “set down the principles and the basis for a comprehensive national reconciliation,” with participants and organizers creating the mechanism needed to implement this reconciliation, “which should give birth to an Iraqi government of national consensus.” Full Story

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