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Talks on ending Iraqi violence to begin in Finland: report
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16:53, August 30, 2007

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Talks aimed to end the continuing violence between Iraq's sectarian groups were expected to start in Finland in the next few days, Finnish media report Thursday.

Both the Finnish Foreign Ministry and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) organization headed by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari have confirmed the upcoming talks to the Finnish broadcaster YLE, which will gather representatives of Iraq's majority Shiite and minority Sunni Muslim groups in Finland within the next few days.

Although their identities have not been confirmed, key participants are likely to include party representatives and parliamentarians, according to the report.

Details about the talks are still sketchy, and the ministry has stressed that Finland is not an official party to the talks.

Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat said earlier that the talks will be hosted in part by CMI, a non-profit crisis mediation organization founded by Ahtisaari.

Tensions and tit-for-tat attacks between Sunnis and Shiites have driven Iraq to the brink of a civil war.

Source: Xinhua



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