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Iraq: Garner Back In Baghdad For Talks

Baghdad, 24 April 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Jay Garner, the U.S.-appointed civil administrator for postwar Iraq, is back in Baghdad today after visiting northern Iraq the last two days. A spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Alan King, said Garner will meet with local Iraqi leaders in the capital to discuss the country's future. Garner yesterday promised Kurdish leaders that they will be able to participate in establishing a democratic Iraqi government.

The U.S. Defense Department says U.S. forces have arrested four more men on its list of wanted former Iraqi officials, including the head of Iraq's air defenses. U.S. forces how have in custody 11 of the 55 Iraqis on the list.

In Washington, the White House reiterated that economic sanctions on Iraq must be lifted -- "not merely suspended." Earlier this week, France urged the UN Security Council to suspend nonmilitary sanctions against Iraq.