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20 December 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News

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  • EDITORIAL: IRAQI ELECTION VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- More than thirteen-million Iraqis are registered to vote in national assembly elections scheduled for January 30th. The voter registration list was prepared by Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission. Iraqis had until December 15th to register.

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  • Annan recommits UN to help Iraq hold elections after deadly terror attacks UN News Centre 20 Dec 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged anew full United Nations support for the Iraqi people in holding elections following yesterday's terror attacks that killed over 60 people, including three election workers, while in Baghdad his top envoy took the symbolic step of determining which parties would head the ballot list.

Reconstruction Issues

Foreign Reactions

  • IRAQ/BOMBINGS/SHIITES VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- Iraqi authorities in the Shiite holy city of Najaf say they have detained at least 50 people in connection with Sunday's deadly car bombings in Najaf and nearby Karbala. The two blasts killed about 66 people and wounded around 175. Shiite clerics and political leaders say the attacks were aimed at sparking sectarian conflict before next month's election. They are urging their followers to resist the provocation.
  • Iraq: Georgia, Romania May Boost Small UN Protection Force RFE/RL 20 Dec 2004 -- Fijian peacekeepers this month became the first to answer the call of a seven-month-old UN Security Council resolution urging a special protection force for United Nations workers in Iraq. Georgia and Romania are the only other countries known to have pledged troops. But it is unclear whether these or any other forces will lead to what Iraq's interim government wants: an expanded UN presence across Iraq ahead of next month's scheduled elections.
  • Pakistan 'concerned' at Iraq`s security, says FM IRNA 20 Dec 2004 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Monday held talks with his interim counterpart Hoshyar Mahmood Muhammad Al-Zebari in Islamabad.
  • Pakistan supports Iraq`s territorial integrity: Musharraf IRNA 20 Dec 2004 -- Pakistan`s President Pervez Musharraf on Monday told the visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari that Islamabad supports the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Iraq.

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