U.S. response to security pact changes meets part of Iraqi demands
www.chinaview.cn 2008-11-12 20:46:09   Print

    BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- An Iraqi official said that U.S. response over proposed changes on a draft security pact has only met part of Iraqi government demands, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    "Washington's response over the Iraqi proposed amendments on Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) only have some positive points, but it seems not enough for the Iraqi side," al-Mashriq newspaper, quoted lawmaker Ali al-Adeeb, a leading member in the ruling Shiite alliance, as saying.

    Meanwhile, media reports quoted a Shiite minister as saying that the Iraqi cabinet will vote on the SOFA deal either this weekend.

    "The cabinet will meet either on Saturday or on Sunday to review the last version of the SOFA draft and then will vote," Finance Minister Bayan Jabr Solagh said.

    Last Thursday, the Iraqi government received the U.S. response over changes proposed earlier by Iraq over the draft security agreement that would allow U.S. troops to stay in the country until 2011.

    The two countries are at odds over the long-awaited agreement, which the U.S. needs as a legitimate support for the station of its troops beyond 2008 after the current UN mandate ends on Dec. 31.

Editor: David Du
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