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Another humiliation of the IGC.. First the few members of the IGC in Iraq (Bremer says usually only 4-5 are present) meet and decide to send a letter to the U.N. Security Council asking for a resolution on its timetable for ending the U.S. occupation. A few hours later, a senior U.S. official (who didn’t want to be identified) comes out to say the letter was sent in error!! He continues to insult people’s intelligence (or maybe that is how "intelligent" he is) by telling us that the error happened when “somebody dropped a draft in the mail”, as if such letters are sent by ordinary mail.. Very soon after that, a spokesman for the IGC is woken up after midnight in Baghdad to make a statement saying that the letter was sent by mistake!! And somebody wantsto tell us the IGC is independent and that IT decides and orders Bremer to implement.. Here is a report from Reuters HZ -------------------------------- http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3891529 Iraqis Sent Letter to UN in Error, U.S. Says Tue November 25, 2003 06:42 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraqi Governing Council has told the United States a letter it delivered to the U.N. Security Council on Monday asking for a resolution on its timetable for ending the U.S. occupation was a draft version and was sent in error, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The final version dilutes the Governing Council's request that the Security Council pass a new resolution enshrining the Iraqis' timetable for ending the U.S. occupation, said one senior U.S. official, who asked not to be identified. "Apparently somebody dropped a draft in the mail and the final version doesn't have the same language," he said. "They (the Governing Council) don't have a hard position on the time frame for seeking a U.N. resolution and they would want to reflect that in their final version," he added. The Governing Council, a mainly advisory group of 25 people selected by the United States, sent the letter to inform the Security Council of its proposals for a timetable for gradually transferring power from the occupation authorities to an elected and sovereign Iraqi government. The timetable, worked out with U.S. and British officials, was due on Dec. 15 and arrived three weeks early. It was requested in an Oct. 16 Security Council resolution that created a multinational force in Iraq. The Governing Council said it would select a "provisional legislative body" no later than May 31, 2004. This assembly would elect a provisional government by the end of June 2004 at which time "the Coalition Provisional Authority will be dissolved and the occupation ... will end," the letter said. A new constitution would be drafted by March 15, 2005, and then presented to Iraqis in a referendum, after which a general election for a new government is to take place before Dec. 31, 2005, according to the letter, sent by Governing Council Chairman Jalal Talabani. "In light of what had transpired, it has become appropriate for the Security Council to adopt a new resolution taking into consideration the new circumstances," Talabani wrote. © Reuters 2003. All Rights Reserved. __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Protect your identity with Yahoo! Mail AddressGuard http://antispam.yahoo.com/whatsnewfree _______________________________________________ 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