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18 December 2002

Iraqi Dissidents Discuss Local Governance for Iraq's Future

(Meeting in Washington part of "Future of Iraq" project) (240)
The State Department announced the start of a working group session to
discuss local government in Iraq December 18-19.
The working group is part of the "Future of Iraq" project, according
to a State Department press notice released December 18.
The local government session will host 15 "Free Iraqis" who will
discuss "interactions with a central government; an examination of the
separation of powers; and how private institutions, community
organizers, and businesses can work with local governments to provide
more effective services to the Iraqi people," according to the press
notice.
Following is the text of the press notice on the Iraqi working group
meeting:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman 
December 18, 2002
NOTICE TO THE PRESS
Future of Iraq, Local Government Working Group Meeting
The first session of the Future of Iraq project working group on Local
Government will convene on December 18-19, 2002 in Washington, DC.
At this session, the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
will host approximately 15 "Free Iraqis" who have expressed an
interest in how local and regional governments function. Specifically,
interactions with a central government; an examination of the
separation of powers; and how private institutions, community
organizers, and businesses can work with local governments to provide
more effective services to the Iraqi people.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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