Friday, November 09, 2007

Americans said to have proposed a six-month truce to the resistance groups

Al-Hayat says this morning that it has learned from "sources in the government and sources close to the armed groups" about a plan including a followup reconciliation meeting, to be arranged by the Iraqi Reconciliation Agency, but to be held under American and international auspices, along with a proposal for a six-month truce between the armed resistance groups and the American/Iraqi forces. The story begins like this:
Al-Hayat learned from government sources, and from other sources close to the armed groups, that the Reconciliation Agency is working toward a broad-based meeting, to be held before the end of the year, under American and international auspices, with the participation of fighting groups, politicians including former Baathists, and the government. A preparatory meeting has been held at a hotel on the Dead Sea in Jordan.

[Then following a paragraph on the release by the Americans of nine Iranians, the journalist continues with the reconciliation story]: A source told Al-Hayat that messages from the Iraqi government, and additional messages from the American forces, and a third [set of messages] from regional and international organizations, not named, have in fact been sent out to the leaders of the armed groups, most of whom are involved in one of two political fronts, namely the "Political Council for the Iraqi Resistance" and "Jihad and Change Front", in addition to the groups led by former vice president Izzat al-Douri, being Sufi and Baathist groups.

The source said most of the parties expressed willingness to attend the proposed meeting, provided there are international guarantees and that it is held outside of Iraq.

The journalist then notes that not much is known about the recent preparatory Dead Sea meetings that were held behind closed doors, quoting Saleh al-Mutlak to the effect that the pupose was to bring together the views of various Iraqi parties that are fighting each other, with a view to holding a reconciliation meeting under international auspices. He quotes someone from one of the Kurdish parties, who was there, as talking about two (exactly two) representatives he called "from the other shore", referring in that way, says the journalist, to two Baathists who were there.

The journalist talks a little about reactions, and this is where he talks about the reported proposal for a truce.
A spokesman for the Al-Douri group of the Baath party denied the party was represented at the meetings, and said it is not bound by the results.

A source close to the Jihad and Reform Front, which has recently formed the Political Council for the Iraqi Resistance, said it has received invitations from the Americans to launch new negotiations, adding that [the negotiation proposal] was conditioned on a six-month truce, during which time the political process would intensify, and shooting would stop, while the Americans would stop arresting members of these groups and would release those held.

The sources said the factions have yet to reply to the truce-proposal, noting that lack of confidence in the Americans is hindering progress toward direct negotiations with them in the current stage, however others [no hint who this refers to, some person or persons other than the "source"] say that agreement on a truce would represent an implicit American recognition of the resistance.
Political parties and some tribal leaders, the journalist adds, have reacted favorably, on the basis this is the only way out of the crisis. The journalist concludes:
Knowledgeable people said the armed factions are studying the proposal for negotiations, and the prevailing view in those circles is that this [meaning negotiations] should be with the American forces, "in order to avoid confusion on the principle objective, which relates to the fate of the occupation and the recognition of the resistance, [so that it isn't] turned into a peace conference among Iraqis sponsored by the Americans".


Anonymous Alison said...

Contrary to the deliberate disinformation peddled by the Saudi-owned press, these Dead Sea meetings had nothing whatsoever to do with the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party (Iraq Leadership). As Izzat Ibrahim Al-Douri’s political spokesman, Abu Mohammed, reiterated in recent interviews, the Ba’ath and their allies in the Jihad and Liberation Front (including the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance) remain committed to continuing the armed stuggle until the occupiers agree to withdraw totally and unconditionally from Iraq.

These meetings were attended by closet collaborators (including followers of unprincipled renegade and usurper Mohammed Younis Al-Ahmed and people affiliated with AMSI), who have been engaging in informal, back-channel negotiations with the US for over a year, mediated by America’s Arab clients, their stalking horse Ayad Allawi and the Iraq Assembly for Liberation & Construction, founded by Hayr Al-Din Hasib.

It is worth recalling leading Ba’athist activist Salah Al-Mukhtar’s salutory advice to other Resistance factions in September regarding the PITFALLS to be avoided in any negotiations with the occupiers.


The greatest lesson Iraqis must learn, is that we are fighting the last phase of the Iraq’s liberation war, even with a decisive victory, arguing may lead us to a certain defeat, as we see now in Gaza and the West Bank.

1- All factions must stop arguing about who is eligible to rule Iraq now and after the liberation, because that issue is the mother of all national indecencies, a gap that America wants to enter to sabotage and destroy the Iraqi resistance completely, as happened in Palestine, the issue of governing Iraq is a subject of strict laws.

2- Negotiations with the occupation must be conducted with the following conditions:

A - A joint delegation representing all the resistance factions and not a delegation representing one faction.

B - The negotiations should be conducted according to the conditions stated by the resistance, after these have been accepted by the occupation, first FULL UNCONDITIONAL WITHDRAWAL.

C - The resistance’s terms in the negotiations are to develop an IMPLEMENTATION mechanism [for withdrawal], and not to listen to American demands or conditions incompatible with the terms of the resistance.

3- The joint resistance delegation must not allow the Americans to steal time and use it for their own benefit; there are specific issues that must be upheld, therefore there must be a timetable for the negotiations, and all agreements must be within its borders.

4 - NO CEASE FIRE at the start of the negotiation, the fight must increase more fiercely; factions must expand their operations against the occupation in order to exercise pressure.

5-Full and absolute rejection of any schedule-delay beyond the period required [for the withdrawal] by the resistance, especially to ensure the prevention of any external interference in Iraq’s affairs.

6- Resistance negotiators can use stealing time tactics, if they further their aims and help to extract more concessions from the US, with one condition; tightening military pressure.

7-It is useful that representatives from organizations or States attend the negotiations meetings as witnesses, especially signing final agreements.

8- The negotiating team has to prepare all issues carefully and there should be specialized files about each topic to resolve things.

The liberation of Iraq is the key to the gates in the whole world, if Iraq liberated, it will pave the way for the Liberation of Palestine and if the resistance defeated (God forbid), the whole world would be in the grip of a global American dictatorship.

Therefore, the only solution to reach the liberation of Iraq is the armed resistance and to avoid any SPLIT in the resistance.

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