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Arab-Kurd Compromise Nears

After two days of talks between Arab and Kurdish leaders in Iraq, a compromise is taking shape that would allow the minority Kurds to keep their ministate within a united Iraq after the U.S. occupation ends, according to Iraqi and European officials. The tentative compromise, if confirmed by the Iraqi Governing Council and the United States, could defuse the hottest issue dividing Iraqis as they begin debate on how to distribute power in a new Iraqi government scheduled to take control June 30. The formula for a new federal state in Iraq effectively allows both sides to achieve their primary objectives. The Kurds, who have maintained their own state for the past dozen years, would turn over control of foreign policy, national defense and monetary policy to the central government, while they would retain autonomous rule in the northern area, Kurdish officials said yesterday. Full Story

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