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Talabani mulls with foreign experts Iraq's national reconciliation.

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BAGHDAD, July 6 (VOI) Co Iraqi President Jalal Talabani discussed with Northern Irish and South African experts Iraq's efforts to sustain national reconciliation and means to benefit from other experiments in this regard, according to a presidential office statement on Sunday.

"President Talabani was briefed by the experts on their delegation's contacts and meetings with representatives of all Iraqi groups to discuss ways to implement the principles stipulated by the 2nd Helsinki agreement," read the statement received by Aswat al-Iraq Co Voices of Iraq Co (VOI).

The Helsinki agreement, signed by figures representing the Iraqi political mosaic last June, provides for commitment to Iraq's territorial integrity and unity of people, launching necessary amendments in line with constitutional mechanisms, sticking to peaceful and democratic means to settle differences and banning use of weapons by armed groups.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, after forming his government in 2006, announced a national reconciliation project, which, according to observers, brought about "great successes and fended the specter of civil war off the country."

The British newspaper The Independent had said on Friday that Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and a former commander of the IRA, would arrive in Baghdad on Saturday to promote Northern Ireland as a model for reconciliation between Iraq's embattled Shiite and Sunni communities.

"McGuinness will attend a meeting at the heavily defended al-Rashid Hotel on the edge of the Green Zone where he will release details of an agreement reached under the auspices of a Helsinki-based conflict resolution organization," journalist Patrick Cockburn wrote in an article.

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Date:Jul 6, 2008
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