Baghdad, 10 April 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Two members of the U.S.-backed Iraqi Governing Council are in the city of Al-Fallujah today for negotiations with insurgents leading the fight against coalition forces.
The two council members, Hakim al-Hosni and Ghazi al-Yawir, were accompanied by clerics and other leaders from Baghdad.
Another council member, Mahmud Uthman, told the Reuters news agency that the delegates are meeting with Al-Fallujah's religious leaders and leaders of the anti-coalition insurgency.
Uthman said the delegation intends to ask militant leaders to hand over those responsible for the murders of four U.S. civilians in Al-Fallujah 10 days ago, the event that sparked the U.S. offensive there.
Earlier today, al-Hosni called on militants to respect the U.S. military's call for a cease-fire.