Paris praises 'lucid' Baker-Hamilton Iraq report

7th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 7, 2006 (AFP) - France on Thursday praised as "lucid" the Iraq Study Group report on the US presence in Iraq, in particular its call for Washington to step up efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

PARIS, Dec 7, 2006 (AFP) - France on Thursday praised as "lucid" the Iraq Study Group report on the US presence in Iraq, in particular its call for Washington to step up efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"The report made by the Baker-Hamilton committee is lucid. From our point of view, it reflects the actual situation in Iraq," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said in a statement.

"As France has always said, there can be no military solution to the deep crisis that Iraq is going through. The report does not fix a precise timetable for withdrawal, but it does set a horizon. That is also what we are saying," he said.

"To ensure that the withdrawal does not lead to chaos, it is vitally important to have a political process which can bring Iraqis together and isolate the extremists and terrorists," he said.

Douste-Blazy also said that he "agreed with the appeal which is made to the US to involve itself totally in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would open up room for manoeuvre to solve other crises in the region."

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