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Sunnis Offer New Proposals on Constitution

August 27, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Sunni negotiator Fakhri al-Qaisi said Saturday that the Sunnis have submitted counter-proposals on the constitution to the parliament speaker and will meet later with the U.S. ambassador.

Al-Qaisi said Sunni Arab delegates had met with parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani and ``we gave him the amendments on the draft. We are waiting for an answer.″

He said the Sunnis would also confer later with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

Al-Qaisi said the Sunnis do not accept the draft which Shiites and Kurds said Friday was complete. He said the Sunnis would not agree ``unless the amendments we added today are included″ in the version which will be given to parliament Sunday.

On federalism, he said the Sunnis wanted ``decentralized″ provinces with a ``special case″ for Kurdish areas but the Shiite position on the status of the Baath Party ``is totally rejected.″

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