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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Kurds' "Victory"

Kurds Win Round on Constitution

Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Wednesday that his government would adhere to the interim constitution agreed to in March until elections are held next year, in an effort to defuse, at least temporarily, a looming crisis with the Kurdish leadership.

In a statement issued by his office late in the evening, Dr. Allawi's spokesman, George Hada, declared the new government's "full commitment" to the interim constitution until democratic elections are held later this year or in January.


As a follow up to my rant yesterday, I wanted to comment on these 'developments.' The headline of the NY Times article is misleading (though not the body of it)- the Kurds haven't really secured a victory so much as they secured a reaffirmation of a promise that was already made to them. Key words in the quote above are: until democratic elections are held later this year or in January. The conflict is just being delayed, and I'm really no more optimistic about the state builders' prospects of finding any real consensus or concord. These little disagreements and misunderstandings are an inevitable result of the bargaining process, but I fear they will create greater suspicion and mistrust among the interested parties.