Meeting With Iraqi Political Parties, UN Envoy Stresses Need for Fair Elections
New York, Dec 11 2005 4:00PM
The need to hold free elections in an environment free of coercion topped the agenda of meetings today in Baghdad
between the senior United Nations envoy to Iraq and representatives of various political parties.
During his talks with officials from the Iraqi Islamic Party, the Iraqi Nationalist List and the Gathering for Loyalty
for Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, listened to their concerns about the
Mr. Qazi, accompanied by the senior UN election official in Iraq, Craig Jenness, emphasized the importance of holding
inclusive, participatory, transparent and fair elections, free from harassment and intimidation, according to the UN
Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
The delegates shared their ideas for conducting the 15 December elections in a positive atmosphere, and pledged to deal
with any complaints through legal mechanisms, UNAMI said.