A Ray of Hope From Iraqi Insurgents?
Several Sunni-led insurgent groups have begun talks with the Iraqi government in hopes of starting cease-fire negotiations. The talks began in the wake of the reconciliation plan that the Iraqi prime minister presented on Sunday.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 26 ? Several Sunni-led insurgent groups have approached the Iraqi government to try to start serious negotiations, following the Iraqi prime minister’s presentation on Sunday of a limited plan for reconciliation, a senior legislator from the prime minister’s party said today.
The groups have made no demands yet, but want to express their views to top government officials, said the legislator, Hassan al-Suneid.
“There are signals” from “some armed groups to sit at the negotiating table,” said Mr. Suneid, who, like Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, belongs to the Islamic Dawa Party, a conservative Shiite party.
The insurgent groups are made up of Iraqi nationalist fighters, and have floated their proposal through Sunni Arab intermediaries, Mr. Suneid said in a telephone interview. They “are not implicated in the bloodletting of Iraqis,” he added.
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