Iraqi lawmakers to take up reconciliation

Sept. 10, 2007 at 9:48 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Iraqi parliament is preparing to consider legislation that would help move forward democratic principles in that country, the White House said Monday.

The legislation concerning reconciliation and electoral reform, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said, and briefed reporters, among other things, on a conversation between U.S. President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

"They discussed regional politics and making clear," Snow said, " both sides made it clear that they're looking for actions, not words."

Snow said Maliki has seen a change in attitude within Iraq's parliament, the council of representative.

While Maliki did not share specifics about the legislation or offer any timetables during his conversation with Bush, Snow said he "was sharing a general sense of how he thinks things are moving, the direction in which things are moving in terms of reconciliation within Iraq."

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