Arab League chief warns of civil war in Iraq

Published October 8th, 2005 - 01:45 GMT

Iraq faces the threat of civil war, the secretary general of the Arab League warned on Saturday, onr week before the country's constitutional referendum.

 

Secretary-General Amr Moussa made the comments as an Arab League delegation headed to Iraq Saturday to prepare a reconciliation conference. He noted certain interests in Iraq were promoting tension between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds for their own advantage. But he did not blame any specific group.

 

"The situation is so tense there is a threat looming in the air about civil war that could erupt at any moment, although some people would say that it is already there," Moussa told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

 

"There is a policy to provoke and push communities against each other and there is another policy that would bring them together. It is our policy in the Arab League that the time has come for us to talk seriously about bringing them together."

 

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