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    RUSSIAN SENATOR DWELLS ON IRAQ

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    MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - In a RIA Novosti interview this Friday, Mikhail Margelov who heads the upper chamber's international affairs committee offered the opinion that task No.1 in Iraq today is the establishment of peace with the help of such intermediaries as the UNO and other humanitarian organisations.

    "With the raging military confrontation, Iraq has no future," said Margelov. "The situation could be improved only after the occupation forces have given way to international peace-keeping contingents under the UN aegis. The return of the UNO will be followed by various humanitarian organisations, which will help to abate contradictions and to establish peace in the republic." The current tensions are in no way conducive to the peace process, Margelov, who is concurrently the president of the Russian Afro-Asian solidarity society, pointed to the current military confrontation making any humanitarian aid impracticable.

    The developments in Iraq are provoking chaos and civil war, said Margelov.

    In his opinion, ultimate stability depends on accelerated transfer of power to the Iraqi people. "It is only on formation of a legitimate government will Iraq be able to embark on fruitful cooperation with various global companies and organisations to help in its economic and political rehabilitation," concluded the head of the Federation Council's international affairs committee.

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