Saturday, August 27, 2005

Bush Calls Shia's to Urge Compromise

CRAWFORD, Texas Aug 26, 2005 — The White House withheld judgment on Friday on the latest proposal to break an impasse on an Iraq constitution despite an attempt by President Bush to move the process forward with a phone call to a top Iraqi Shiite leader.

Bush called Abdul-Aiz al-Hakim on Wednesday Thursday in Iraq Prodded by that call, Shiite negotiators Friday offered what they called their final compromise proposal to Sunnis Arabs to try to break the impasse. In his call to al-Hakim, Bush urged consensus over a draft that has thus far been opposed by minority Sunnis, a Shiite official, Abbas al-Bayati, told The Associated Press in Baghdad.
Al-Bayati said the new offer included concessions on the pivotal issues of federalism and efforts to remove former members of Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated Baath Party from public life. The Shiites were awaiting a response from the Sunnis, al-Bayati said.
Duffy would not elaborate on what the two leaders discussed, or whether Bush planned more such personal diplomacy as negotiations continue. The president made the call on Wednesday in Idaho, where he had given a speech to military families, before he returned to his Texas ranch

now I have just banged my head agaisnt the wall a few times to check that i am awake and not drunk , but if bush is trying to push the Shia to work harder to make the Sunni happy then for once , on this very narrow issue , i actually agree with the little alcoholic , dont worry regular readers , it wont last i am sure

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