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Dear All, Positions on the current Iraqi 'governing' Council and its off-shoots are being distributed according to religio-ethnic quotas, so the various communities that make up Iraq are - ideally - all represented, according to their relative size. The International Crisis Group has been warning since January at least, of such approaches, as they risk constructing or cementing such divides, with potentially very dangerous consequences. I would be very curious to hear what are the views of Iraqis in Iraq, and the experts among us, on this: are communal divides really being made and cemented in today's Iraq, to what extent to CPA/UN/NGO policies contribute to or detract from this, and how dangerous is this, in the current reality, in terms of inter-communal violence? Are the current developments tending rather towards divide and conflict, or towards finally giving those long excluded from power a voice, which could relieve rather than create tensions? best Nicholas _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk