Top U.N. Iraq envoy meets nation's PM

Feb. 2, 2005 at 3:35 PM

BAGHDAD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The top United Nations Iraq envoy has discussed with the interim prime minister the role the world body will play in supporting Iraq's political process.

In addition to meeting with Iyad Allawi, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, also met with Abdul Aziz Al Hakim, president of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution, and Hussein al-Shahristani, a leading candidate on the United Iraqi Coalition.

The sessions were all part of his consultations following Sunday's elections for a national assembly that will write a new democratic constitution.

Qazi's talks with Allawi focused on ways the United Nations could help during the transitional process, which continues with the drafting of a permanent constitution, its presentation for adoption through a national referendum and the holding of new elections towards the end of the year.

The world organization played a leading role in enabling the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, which conducted Sunday's poll.

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