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[Fwd: Iraq says ready to cooperate with new UN rapporteur]

   BAGHDAD, Nov 14 (AFP) - Baghdad on Sunday said it was ready to  
work with the successor to Max van der Stoel, the UN human rights 
rapporteur for Iraq, who resigned earlier this month. 
   "Iraq is ready to cooperate with whoever succeeds van der  
Stoel," the head of the Iraqi parliament's human rights committee, 
Khaled al-Saidi, told AFP. 
   "Iraq's doors are open to the person whose work conforms with  
international law and the UN charter, who respects Iraq's 
sovereignty and does not meddle in its internal affairs," Saidi 
   He urged the United Nations should choose "someone who conforms  
to the working standards of the international organisation." 
   They must "conform to reality without falsifying it or putting  
it at the service of a bad and preconceived objective, as van der 
Stoel did." 
   Van der Stoel resigned on November 5, two days after releasing a  
report charging that human rights abuses in Iraq were worsening and 
urging Baghdad to release the names of all detainees and those who 
had died in custody. 
   Baghdad, which lambasted the report and called its author a  
"stooge" of Washington, has categorically refused to allow UN human 
rights observers to be deployed on its territory. 
   "This resignation is proof of a lack of credibility of all the  
reports against the Iraqi people over the last few years," Saidi 
   Meanwhile, Iraq's permanent representation to the United Nations  
in Geneva has said Baghdad is willing to cooperate "with all the UN 
organisations for human rights." 
   In a statement published by the Iraqi press on Sunday, it said  
"Stoel was neither impartial nor objective. He exceeded his mandate 
by carrying out US and British political objectives, hostile to 
   The 53 member states of the UN human rights commission are to  
meet November 17 to discuss his replacement. 

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