Friday, October 07, 2005

As I've said before, the "this insurgency sucks, let's try democracy" Sunnis are starting to raise their voices.
Iraq Sunni leader urges Ramadan ceasefire, US talks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A prominent leader from Iraq's Sunni Arab minority called on Friday for the United States and Iraqi insurgents to cease fire in the holy month of Ramadan as a prelude to direct talks between Americans and the guerrillas.

Saleh al-Mutlak, a secular nationalist who was involved in negotiating a draft constitution, said a coalition of Sunni political groups close to insurgents was ready to promote such a dialogue to end the bloodshed that has ravaged Iraq since 2003.

"The fighting should stop," Mutlak, who represents the National Dialogue movement, told Reuters. "We have fought for two-and-a-half years and the problem is it doesn't work."
"We must find a political solution," he said. A ceasefire during Ramadan, which began this week, "should be a start for direct negotiations between the two sides."

"Everybody is getting tired in Iraq," Mutlak said.

UPDATE: Thanks for the hat tip Jeff!


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