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Germany open-minded towards Int`l Iraq rebuilding conference

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jan 26, IRNA -- The German government said Monday it was 
open-minded towards a French and Russian proposal for an international
conference on Iraq`s political and economic reconstruction. 
Addressing reporters, German deputy foreign ministry spokesman Jens
Ploetner was quoted as saying that his country would "approach 
constructively" the French and Russian idea. 
He added that the topic would also be discussed in the United 
Nations Security Council. 
Berlin interprets the French-Russian proposal as such that a date 
for such a conference would only be fixed after the transfer of Iraqi 
sovereignty, according to Ploetner. 
Germany has repeatedly called for the UN`s "central political 
role" in Iraq`s rebuilding process as well as a clear timetable for 
the transfer of power from the American occupiers to the Iraqi people.
The US has been reluctant to give the UN more than a minimal 
authority in Iraq`s post-war reconstruction process. 
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