Friday, July 22, 2005

Don't write Iraq constitution without us - Sunnis

"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni Arabs boycotting the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution warned other members on Thursday not to push the document through without their support.

wSunni Arabs suspended participation in the constitution-drafting committee on Wednesday after a Sunni Arab committee member and two fellow-members of the Sunni Arab umbrella group Iraqi National Dialogue were shot dead.

The committee is the main vehicle the government and its U.S. backers had hoped would lure the restive Sunni minority into the political process and help defuse Iraq's insurgency.

Washington and Iraq's Shi'ite leaders have called on the Sunnis to remain engaged in the constitution-writing process despite the assassination."


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