Iraq does not need 'diktat' from Arab summit: FM

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March 27, 2007 Iraq does not need 'diktat' from Arab summit: FM 

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RIYADH,-- Iraq's government does not need a "diktat" from the Arabs on how to amend its constitution and boost national reconciliation, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Tuesday. 

"Amendment of the constitution is an obligation written in the text of the constitution, and we are determined to do it without waiting to be told," Zebari told AFP.

Arab foreign ministers meeting ahead of an Arab summit in Riyadh agreed on Monday to call for an amendment of Iraq's constitution to give Sunni Arabs a greater share of power in the war-ravaged country and prevent its breakup.

The call came in a draft resolution to be submitted to Arab heads of state starting their annual summit on Wednesday.

"We have obligations toward our people and we know them. We don't need a diktat from Arab countries. We tell them (Arab states) that the idea of national reconciliation is ours, not yours," Zebari said.

The Iraqi government has initiated moves to review the de-Baathification law, he added.  

The Arab foreign ministers also called on Monday for "reviewing the de-Baathification law in order to enhance the national reconciliation process in Iraq", according to one minister.

What Iraq does need from fellow Arab states is their help in "fighting terrorism and controlling the borders to stop arms crossing" into the country, said Zebari, who is a Kurd. 

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