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    IRAQIS TO HAMMER OUT MECHANISM OF TRANSFER OF IRAQ'S SOVEREIGNTY WITH UN ASSISTANCE

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    BERLIN, April 1, 2004 - RIA Novosti. The mechanism of transfer of Iraq's sovereignty will be hammered out by Iraqis themselves with the UN assistance, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists on Thursday in Berlin.

    According to him, special advisor to the UN Secretary General Lakhdar Brahimi will leave for Baghdad in a few days. "He [Brahimi] is in Berlin at present and I have talked to him today," Lavrov said. In Baghdad Brahimi will hold consultations with representatives of all political forces of Iraq on problems relating to forming a transitional government, the minister said.

    "This will be a mechanism hammered out by Iraqis themselves with the UN assistance," Lavrov said. "It is highly important that this mechanism will be formed precisely in this way, by Iraqis themselves rather than by the occupation forces or the international coalition," the minister noted.

    According to Lavrov, the key task in Iraq today is returning to Iraqis sovereignty over their country, as well as control over natural resources. "The key task is to make so that Iraqis themselves could decide which structure will take responsibility for Iraq's sovereignty during a transitional period which is to begin on June 30 when the occupation ends. According to him, to form such a mechanism which will be legitimate both for Iraqis and for the international community is possible only with the UN assistance

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