Iraq Warns Of Collapse Of U.S. Security Talks
BAGHDAD [MENL] -- Iraq has warned of a collapse of negotiations for a
long-term military pact with the United States.
Officials said the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki
has refused U.S. demands of an indefinite military presence. They said Al
Maliki has also rejected a U.S. clause that American soldiers would not be
subject to Iraqi law.
"The negotiations are at a standstill, and the Iraqi side is studying
its options," Iraqi parliamentarian Haidar Al Abadi, an ally of Al Maliki,
said on Tuesday.
Al Abadi, reading a statement issued by Al Maliki's Dawa Party, warned
that Iraq and the United States disagree on nearly every point. The Shi'ite
parliamentarian warned that the two sides would fail to reach agreement by a
July deadline. The mandate by the United Nations Security for the
U.S.-led coalition in Iraq expires in 2008.