Leaders from nearly all of Iraq's top political blocs have called for a solution to the nation's political crisis that pits the Shi'ite-led government against Sunnis and Kurds.
The call came in a joint statement issued after three days of meetings in Irbil, the capital of northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
The mini-summit brought together senior Sunni and Kurdish politicians, along with Shi'ites who are disgruntled by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government.
The talks were hosted by the Kurdish region's President Massoud Barzani.
The gathering included Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, along with former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and hard-line cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, both Shi'ites.
Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, also took part.
The group stopped short of demanding that Maliki step down from power.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP