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Iraq Calls For Help At International Conference

(RFE/RL) September 10, 2006 -- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh today said international backing was critical for the survival of his country.

Saleh added that the security of Iraq and the Middle East depends on reconciling differences between Iraqi warring groups.

He was speaking to reporters at the International Compact for Iraq conference in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

The one-day gathering brought together officials from the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, and Iraq's Arab neighbors, as well as the UN, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown said huge efforts at creating democratic institutions appeared to be having little effect on sectarian violence.

Daniel Weygandt, economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, said Iraq needed to make clear to potential donors that it was willing to tackle tough reforms.

The International Compact for Iraq is a five-year plan to bring peace and development to Iraq.


The International Coalition In Iraq

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)

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