"I don't think that Iraq could be stable if the [Sunnis] do not participate in the political process, and therefore if they do not participate in these elections, they have to make -- we have to make, everybody has to make -- all the efforts to get them to participate in the drafting of the new constitution and the new electoral process [following the constitution]," Solana said.
Solana also noted that the elections are now "likely to take place without the Sunnis."
Solana said the European Union currently has no common policy on Iraq apart from a general "standard" that all ethnic and religious groups be represented in the country's new institutions.
He said the EU would be actively looking to work with a democratically elected government in Iraq, saying the elements of a common EU policy then are likely to include the coordination of ongoing police-training activities, an aid mission to help Iraq establish a state based on the rule of law, and reconstruction aid.
Solana said the EU will also "firmly" insist on Iraq's territorial integrity being maintained.
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[For news, background, and analysis on Iraq's historic 30 January elections, see RFE/RL's "Iraq Votes 2005" webpage.]