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Straw endorses Iraqi amnesty

Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, yesterday gave his support to an Iraqi plan to offer an amnesty to insurgents who have fought the US occupation. Iraq’s new government was due to declare the amnesty yesterday, but at the last minute cancelled the announcement. It was unclear why, although hours earlier Moqtada al-Sadr, a rebel Shia cleric and one of the most prominent candidates for a pardon, said he would continue to oppose the authorities. Mr Straw said similar amnesties had worked in other conflicts, including Northern Ireland.”I favour the sovereign government of Iraq making its own judgments about what is right for Iraq. After all, it is their country, not ours,” he said yesterday.Full Story

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