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Security Council to hold closed-door talks on Iraq on Wednesday

13 January The United Nations Security Council plans to hold closed-door talks on Iraq on Wednesday in response to a request from one of the country's officials.

"We received a letter from the Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation of Iraq requesting a meeting of the Security Council with him," the Council President, Chilean Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, told reporters on Monday. "I have distributed that letter to the members of the Security Council and we'll be consulting on whether that is possible or not."

He added that the letter requests a meeting with the Security Council on Monday 19 January, the same day that Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to hold talks with an Iraqi delegation led by this month's President of the Governing Council, Adnan Pachachi, and senior representatives from the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Mr. Annan has voiced hope that the meeting would serve to clarify the UN's role in Iraq in the months ahead.

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