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Hi all, 1) Many thanks to everyone who passed on information about the preparatory constitutional committee. I won't feed all the minutae back to the list; email me if you're particularly interested. One document that might interest some of you is the report by the New Century Foundation at http://www.publicinternationallaw.org/publications/reports/IraqReport.pdf. It's one of the many, many compilations of advice by Western groups of lawyers and constitutional experts, but it does at least provide a comparison of some of the early proposals by Iraqi exile and Kurdish groups. It also avoids some of the worst pitfalls which other western proposals fall into (e.g. talking about the constitutional systems 'Washington' should introduce, or displaying a complete lack of knowledge of and interest in Iraqi suggestions). The amount of Western arrogance hovering around Iraq is truly staggering. 2) Another opinion poll has been carried out in Iraq, this time by Gallup. There are several news reports of this (e.g. http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,211625,00.html), but I've not found many details of the poll itself. The gist seems to be anti-american and anti-british, but pro-war. Draw your own conclusions. 3) This one's a bit old (it's from al-hayat on 12 sep), but I only came across it today and it might be of interest: Syria proposes changes to US draft resolution on Iraq France, Germany, Russia and Syria have proposed amendments to a US draft resolution on Iraq calling for giving the UN a pivotal role in rebuilding Iraq politically and economically. The French and German amendments call for withdrawing the powers of US administrator of Iraq Paul Bremer, while the Russian proposals cancel the basic concept on which Washington insists: the concept that the resolution is part of efforts to fight terrorism. Damascus, Moscow, Paris and Berlin proposed amendments to the US draft resolution on Iraq in three separate papers to be discussed by the [UN] Security Council members before the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council - the USA, Britain, Russia, France and China - meet with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Geneva tomorrow. At that meeting, the conferees are expected to discuss the draft resolution and moves to lay down new bases for operations in Iraq. The Syrian amendments and observations which Al-Hayat learned about object to placing the Iraq issue in the framework of the "war on terrorism". They indicated that Resolution 1373, to which the US draft resolution refers, does not apply to the situation in Iraq. The amendments state: "The threat to world peace and security does not emanate from terrorist acts, as the draft resolution indicates, but from mistakes made by the occupation authority, and mainly the dissolution of Iraqi institutions, primarily the military and security establishments. The threat also emanates from the lack of a clear and definitive timetable assuring Iraqi citizens that the occupation will end and from the delay in drafting a constitution and electing a national government." The Syrian amendments call for: - Allowing the UN to participate in rebuilding Iraqi economy, not only to support the occupation authority's activity; - "Welcoming", not "endorsing" or "supporting", the interim Iraqi Governing Council; - Cancelling the US draft resolution's paragraph which calls on the region's states, namely Iraq's neighbours, to "prevent terrorists from crossing into Iraq and ensure that terrorists receive no weapons and funding that may support terrorism" on the grounds that this paragraph implicitly accuses the neighbouring states of exporting terrorism to Iraq to undermine its security; - Adding a paragraph under which the Security Council calls on "the occupation authority to draw up a clear timetable to end the occupation"; and - Replacing the phrase "deploying multinational forces" with the phrase "deploying UN forces under a unified command appointed by the secretary-general and calling on the secretary-general to submit a report on the formation, tasks and leadership of this force". The Syrian proposals differ from the Russian, French and German ones with regard to the multinational force and drawing up a timetable to end the occupation, but agree with them on the status of the neighbouring states and key role of the region's states. [Passage omitted] Source: Al-Hayat, London, in Arabic 12 Sep 03 _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk