Friday, June 23, 2006

See Ya

It's over folks. London Times (06.23.06), via Left Coaster:
"The Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war. The 28-point package for national reconciliation will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners if they renounce violence and lay down their arms, The Times can reveal." Peace deal offers Iraq insurgents an amnesty
The deal would also include:
  • a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq;
  • a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds;
  • an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and
  • compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces.
"The deal, which has been seen by The Times, aims to divide Iraqi insurgents from foreign fighters linked to al-Qaeda. It builds on months of secret talks involving Jalal al-Talabani, the Iraqi President, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador, and seven Sunni insurgent groups." The talks date back at least 18 months, and have continued ever since.


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