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Powell: Solid support for Iraq poll

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said there appears to be solid support at the international conference on Iraq for that country’s elections to be held on time — just over two months from now. Powell, asked whether any official has urged for a delay in the January 30 Iraqi balloting, said: “If anything, there is a solid consensus.” Powell said he had spoken to a “goodly number” of people at the conference and no one had suggested a delay. “Everybody realizes the importance of moving forward,” he said. The conference brought together roughly 20 nations, including Iraq’s neighbors Iran, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Full Story

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