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Governing Council Members Meeting With Iraq Militants

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.