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Iraq to hold talks in Moscow on lifting of embargo

BAGHDAD: Iraq's Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan will hold talks during his visit to Moscow on April 18 on Russian proposals for a lifting of the decade-old UN embargo, a Russian diplomat in Baghdad said on Wednesday.

Ramadan's visit will offer the "chance to discuss political ideas related to the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iraq" as well as bilateral cooperation, the diplomat told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

The Russian foreign ministry said Tuesday that Iraq and the United Nations could easily reach an agreement on lifting UN sanctions against Baghdad and resuming UN weapons inspections.

The two sides could implement a practical plan specifying tasks and the conditions for inspection missions, the status and codes of conduct for inspectors working on Iraqi soil and conflict-solving procedures, the ministry said.

Iraq's cabinet has welcomed the message from Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered at last week's Arab summit in Amman outlining Russian proposals for an end to sanctions in exchange for weapons inspections in Iraq.

Putin said that his proposals would also mean the end of US and British bombing of Iraq, and other instances of what he called interference in Iraq's internal affairs.

Baghdad has been calling on the UN Security Council to fulfil its commitments to Iraq and lift the sanctions, which have been in place since 1990.

The Council's permanent members are divided on the issue, with the United States and Britain wanting to maintain the sanctions and China, Russia and France wanting to see them lifted. (AFP)


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Neighbours
China, US dig in heels; crisis deepens

Sino-American crisis deepens

600 killed in rebel land mines in north Lanka

Violence mars Muharram ritual in Pakistan

Bangladesh Oppn calls for another 3-day strike

Trouble in Lanka over Buddhist temple destruction

Nepali politicians seek King Birendra's help

Taliban destroy, Tajiks restore

UNESCO chief for saving remaining Afghan relics

Afghan Oppn demands foreign aid, pressure on Pak

Lankan troops getting away with rape: Amnesty

Lanka, Russia to cooperate in curbing crime

China summons Japan ambassador over textbook

China formally arrests US-based scholar

UN says Pak reneging on deal to aid refugees

Myanmar to open border within few days

Asia-Pacific
Corruption charges framed against Estrada

Thai PM's team launches defence in corruption trial

Japan PM race heats up as Mori faces last hurrah

Jakarta, Aceh rebels scrap peace zone scheme

Anwar goes to home, attends mother's funeral

Diplomats rapped over meeting with Anwar's wife

US apologises for docking N-sub on Japanese port

Philippine troops advance on Abu Sayyaf rebels

Philippines, China to ease tensions over shoal

6 injured as strong quake rocks Japan

Canberra to brief US on Aussie oppn to Kyoto

Taiwan urges US to go ahead with weapons' supply

US pushing South Korea to support war: North Korea

Middle East
Talks begin as West Asia unrest rages on

Israeli settlers hold protest march in Gaza Strip

Israel mortars Palestinians in strike at Force 17

UAE slams US for supporting 'Nazi terrorists'

Iraq to hold talks in Moscow on lifting of embargo

Iraq asks UN observers to report airspace violation

Iraq to open embassy in Norway

8 Saudi students flogged for attacking teachers

UAE studying ban of Pokemon

Africa
11 Sudanese generals among 15 killed in plane crash

Kenyan bus crash toll rises to 33

Mugabe's party pushes bills on media, fundraising

Zimbabwe reduces troop presence in Congo

Tunisia, South Africa sign string of agreements

Hanged S-African murderess denied home burial

AIDS escalating prison deaths in South Africa

Somali factions release 2 British aid workers

Europe
Demand for Milosevic trial at The Hague

EU, French red carpet for Masoud

Fresh attack by MPs on convalescing Vaz

Moscow, Beijing to sign friendship treaty

Lord Hartwell dies at 89

Putin hosts Algerian leader to revive old ties

3 Indians held in Russia for killing compatriots

French sergeant dies after stepping on land mine

Americas
US Congressmen move bill to lift sanctions against India

Powell hints Bush's China trip could be cancelled

US apologises for docking N-sub on Japanese port

With Cheney vote, Republicans protect Bush tax cut

US condemns China's human rights record

China, US dig in heels; crisis deepens

China's stance will damage Sino-US ties: Bush

Man guilty of assaulting Canadian PM with cream pie

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