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    RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER ON SETTLEMENT IN IRAQ

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    MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow thinks many problems are not clear concerning the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq.

    "On June 30 the sovereignty should be transferred to Iraq but many things are not clear so far: to who and on what terms the sovereignty will be handed over, Russian deputy foreign minister Yuri Fedotov said at a press conference in RIA Novosti.

    We are convinced that the holding of a conference with the participation of all Iraqi political forces, including the opposition forces, Iraqi neighbours and members of the UN Security Council, would make it possible to create the necessary legal basis for forming a transitional government in Iraq for the period before the elections, which would be supported inside the country, maintain good relations with neighbours and have universal international legitimacy," Fedotov said.

    He also pointed out that Russia is conducting consultations with all its partners on the post-war settlement and restoration of Iraq.

    In addition, the diplomat believes, to hand over the Iraqi settlement issue to the UN will ensure the monitoring of the human rights in the country.

    "We hope that the earliest possible consideration by the UN of the Iraqi settlement and imposition on the UN of the leading functions in Iraq will also allow to ensure the unbiased international monitoring in the field of human rights in the country," Fedotov said at the press conference held in RIA Novosti.

    Replying to the questions put by journalists, the diplomat reported that the problem of human rights in Iraq was not discussed at the latest session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

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