Sunday, August 21, 2005

All out of glue

Consensus elusive on Iraq charter:

Iraq's constitution is seen as key to the country's political transition and possible early withdrawal of US-led troops.

It is due to go to a referendum in October ahead of new elections in December.

Sources close to the negotiations said US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who attended meetings until late on Saturday, has asked the Kurds to soften their stand on oil as well as their demand for self-determination.

"The US is pressuring the Kurds to give up these two demands," said one source.

Meanwhile, the God-botherers are keen as for Sharia law, or whatever you call it when Islam determines state law. Great. Fightin' over money and religion. Back to basics.