October 23, 2008

Iraqi deputies voice concern over a US conspiracy to stage a coup in a bid to force Iraqi officials into signing a controversial security pact.

The coup aims to disturb security in the country and put authorities under pressure to sign the US-proposed deal, members of the Iraqi Parliament said, IRNA reported

The United States wants the so-called Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed before the end of US President George W. Bush’s term in office.

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However, the pact has so far met with fierce opposition by the majority of lawmakers, whose approval is necessary for a final agreement.

Prior to sending the deal to the Parliament for approval, Iraqi government urged the US make some necessary amendments to the terms of the pact, but Washington has failed to make such amendments.

Apart from parliament approval the deal must be endorsed by the Iraqi cabinet and the Presidency Council.


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