Iraqi Shiite, Sunni groups to hold talks in Finland

Representatives of Iraq's majority Shiite and minority Sunni Muslim groups will meet in Finland late next week to negotiate over the diffusing factional fighting in the war-torn country, Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat reported on Wednesday.

Iraqi Shiite, Sunni groups to hold talks in Finland
Representatives of Iraq's majority Shiite and minority Sunni Muslim groups will meet in Finland late next week to negotiate over the diffusing factional fighting in the war-torn country, Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat reported on Wednesday.

The report said the meeting will be hosted in part by the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a non-profit crisis mediation organization founded by former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari. It also said the Iraqi government was not involved in the process.

The newspaper quoted the CMI as saying that key influential figures were expected to attend, but gave no names of the mediators nor the venue of the meeting.

The CMI said it was just one of the organizations which were instrumental in bringing about the event that has been "in the works" for a long time. Ahtisaa himself would not attend the meeting.

The report also quoted the Finnish foreign ministry as saying that the government was prepared to support the CMI in organizing the meeting although it was not involved in the talks.


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Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2007, 17:45
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