Wednesday, January 28, 2004

UN warns...

The UN is warning against early elections in Iraq:

The United Nations' senior adviser on Iraq warned yesterday that premature elections could do more harm than good by enflaming ethnic and political divisions in a nation reeling from attacks on civilians who cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition.

The warning by Lakhdar Brahimi, who just concluded a two-year assignment as the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, came as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in Paris that he would send an electoral team to Iraq to "search for alternatives" to the selection of caucuses this spring.

"If you get your priorities wrong, elections are a very divisive process," Mr. Brahimi said at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington.

"They create tensions. They create competition. And in a country that is not quite stable enough to take that one has to be certain it will not do more harm than good."

That's right...the UN might be siding with the US for once. Eat your heart out, Sistani.


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