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Arab League Envoy To Iraq Resigns, Resignation Accepted January 31, 2007

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CAIRO (AP)–The Arab League envoy to Iraq has resigned, the League said in a statement Wednesday that followed persistent reports of the ambassador’s resignation.

The statement from the League’s press office gave no reason for the resignation of Mukhtar Lamani, but media reports had said the Moroccan diplomat was disenchanted with the lack of a clear Arab policy on Iraq.

Amr Moussa, secretary general of the 22-nation League, was “determined to continue the League’s efforts to support Iraq and achieve reconciliation among all Iraqi parties as the only way to help the country get out of its current crisis,” the statement said.

Lamani had run the League’s office in Baghdad since it opened last June with the aim of holding a national reconciliation conference – a project Moussa championed. But the conference kept on being postponed owing to arguments over who should attend.

Earlier this week, the League acknowledged Lamani had returned to Cairo, where the pan-Arab body has its headquarters, but denied reports he had resigned. League officials said he had returned for consultations and because of security concerns.

Last September, Arab diplomats in Cairo said Lamani had resigned because of insufficient funding for his mission and the lack of progress toward reconciliation. Lamani declined to comment on those reports.

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