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Annan Guardedly OKs U.N. Team in Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan cautiously supported an American and Iraqi request that a U.N team study whether Iraq could have quick, direct elections for a transitional government. But Annan said he first needed assurance the team will be safe, especially after Sunday’s truck bombing outside the U.S.-led coalition’s headquarters compound. Thirty-one people, mostly Iraqis, were killed and more than 120 were wounded, the Iraqi Health Ministry said. American and Iraqi officials asked Annan on Monday to send a team to study the possibility of elections, and Security Council diplomats universally supported the idea in later meetings with Annan. Full Story

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