Iraq's national meeting over political disputes postponed   2012-04-04 21:04:22            

BAGHDAD, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi parliament speaker said Wednesday that the national meeting to review political problems in the country has been postponed due to mounting differences among rival political blocs.

Osama al-Nujaifi's announcement came as Iraqi political blocs were scheduled to hold a national conference on Thursday to resolve political deadlocks in the country that threatened to paralyze the political life in Iraq after U.S. troops withdrew from the country late last year.

"The national conference will not be held on Thursday as the atmosphere is not ready for it," Nujaifi told a news conference here.

Nujaifi attributed the postponement to the mounting differences among political blocs during a meeting by the preparatory committee held on Tuesday.

The preparatory committee, which includes representatives from all Iraqi rival political blocs, has carried out six meetings so far, out of which the committee had managed to reach an agreement on the agenda of Thursday's national conference, but further differences appeared Tuesday among political blocs that led to the collapse of the agreement.

"Holding the meeting in current circumstances would only create more crises," Nujaifi said, calling on the political parties to discuss their problems quietly to agree on the agenda of the meeting so that they will get a productive meeting.

Iraqi political blocs frequently accused Maliki of evading his commitments in implementing the terms of power-sharing deal that he earlier signed.

The deal, also known as Arbil agreement, was brokered in November 2010 in Kurdistan region in northern of the country. It paved the way for forming Maliki's current government after Iraqi political rivals ended their differences that lasted eight months following the parliamentary elections on March 7, 2011.

Special Report: Situation in Iraq

Editor: Yamei Wang
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