Iraq constitution talks end, Iraqi lawmaker says Jeannie Shawl at 9:28 AM ET
[JURIST] A member of the Iraqi constitution drafting committee [official website] said Tuesday that the extended negotiations [JURIST report] over the final wording of the draft constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] have ended without an agreement on changes to the draft. Iraqi lawmakers had resumed negotiations over the weekend in an attempt to achieve consensus on several issues, including Sunni demands that the constitution contain language declaring Iraq part of the Arab world. Negotiator Bahaa al Araji said Tuesday that the talks ended without agreement and that printing will begin Thursday of the version read to the National Assembly last week. The end to negotiations comes as UN officials warned against delays [AFP report] in finalizing the draft. The UN is responsible for printing and distributing almost five million copies of the document, and a UN official said Tuesday that it will take at least two weeks to print the necessary copies and that distribution itself could take up to a month. The copies must be printed and distributed before an October 15 referendum, which is less than six weeks away. Reuters has more.
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