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Mar 24 10:49 AM [charm] What is the Iraqi National Conference?
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Mar 24 10:51 AM [charm] It is a gathering of some 1,100 prominent Iraqis under way in Baghdad. Its main purpose is to select the members of a 100-seat National Council that will serve as Iraq’s interim .....CONT
Mar 24 10:52 AM [charm] Who is attending the conference?
Mar 24 10:53 AM [charm] Representatives from Iraq’s political parties, regions, tribes, universities, women’s groups, and other civil society organizations.
All of Iraq’s main ethnic groups and religious sects are in attendance, including Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, and Christians.
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_ According to the conference organizers, some 40 percent of the delegates are political party members, 40 percent are religious, tribal, or academic leaders, and the rest are civil society representatives from unions, women’s rights groups, and other organizations.
Mar 24 10:53 AM [charm] Has the meeting been targeted by insurgents?
Mar 24 10:54 AM [charm] Yes.insurgents fired mortar rounds into and around the Green Zone
Mar 24 10:55 AM [charm] Who organized the conference?
Mar 24 10:56 AM [charm] A committee called the Supreme Commission, made up of 100 Iraqis, including 20 former members of the U.S.-
Mar 24 10:56 AM [charm] How were the conference delegates selected?
Mar 24 10:57 AM [charm] About half the seats were filled by selection committees in each of Iraq’s 18 provinces.
These committees reviewed applications and nominations and submitted their choices to the commission. Other delegates were nominated directly by members of the organizing committee.
The United Nations also played a role; in the final stages of planning, U.N. representatives assisting the Iraqis requested that they include more than the originally scheduled 1,000 delegates.
This was to better represent minority and other underrepresented groups, according to press reports.
Mar 24 10:59 AM [charm] These parties also participated in They include:
The PUK, led by Jalal Talabani.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Massoud Barzani.
The Iraqi National Accord, or Wifaq, headed by Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
The Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a Shiite organization led by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.
The Dawa Party, a Shiite organization led by Ibrahim Jafari, one of Iraq’s two vice presidents.
The Iraqi Communist Party, led by Hamid Majeed Mousa.
The Iraqi Islamic Party,
Mar 24 10:59 AM [charm] What role is the United States playing at the conference?
Mar 24 11:00 AM [charm] the United States is not playing a central role at the event, says Ala Noori Talabani, Masoum’s chief of staff. U.S. representatives are attending only as observers.
Mar 24 11:00 AM [charm] END