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Chirac: Iraqi elections "important stage" in political reconstruction
www.chinaview.cn 2005-02-01 08:24:26

    PARIS, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- French President Jacques Chirac on Monday hailed Iraqi elections as "an important stage" in the country's political reconstruction, according to Chirac's spokesman Jerome Bonnafont.

    "These elections constitute an important stage in the political reconstruction of Iraq, terrorist groups' strategy has partially failed," Chirac said in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart George W. Bush.

    The French president said that "the turnout and the good technical organization of the elections were satisfactory."

    The electoral commission estimated that between 60 and 75 percent of registered Iraqi voters have cast their ballots.

    Chirac noted that "for the future it was important to include all groups that have renounced armed struggle, especially for the constitution drafting," according to Bonnafont.

    Chirac also confirmed France's readiness to cooperate with Iraq, especially by training security forces and senior civil servants."

    Paris has always been refusing to send troops to Iraq, but offered to Baghdad to train policemen in France or in the region.

    The French president also underlined the importance of a relationship of friendship and cooperation between Washington and Paris and more widely between the Americans and the Europeans, said the spokesman.

    French-American ties had been chilled after the US-led Iraqi war launched in March 2003. Enditem

    

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