Iraq says no result in Istanbul talks with Syria

A meeting of Iraqi and Syrian officials over accusations Damascus shelters Iraqi attackers did not achieve results, Iraq's government said.

Iraq says no result in Istanbul talks with Syria

A meeting of Iraqi and Syrian officials over accusations Damascus shelters Iraqi attackers did not achieve results, Iraq's government said on Saturday.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said there was a lack of political will on the part of Syria.

The foreign ministers of Iraq and Syria held talks in Istanbul on Thursday, mediated by Turkey, to improve ties in the wake of a row that saw them recall their ambassadors last month.

Baghdad has accused Damascus of supporting or at least turning a blind eye to attackers linked to former ruler Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath party, whom it blames for a string of bombings, including two huge truck bombs outside Iraqi government ministries on Aug. 19 that killed 95 people.

"The meeting did not achieve results. There is expected to be another meeting in New York," Dabbagh said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked the U.N. Security Council to launch an inquiry into the bombs. Baghdad says that request may be withdrawn if Syria decides to cooperate.

Reuters
Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2009, 15:18
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