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Iraqi president assails ISG proposals as undermining sovereignty, constitution

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile] slammed the Baker Iraq Study Group report [download page; JURIST report] during a Sunday news interview, says it contained "some very dangerous articles which undermine the sovereignty of Iraq and the constitution." Talabani objected to a proposal to place a US advisor in each unit of the Iraqi army, and targeted another urging adoption of a law that would open the door for former Baathists to re-enter politics [AP report; JURIST report].

The ISG report, co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former congressman Lee Hamilton, also recommends that the Bush administration provide "strong" support and funding for US Justice Department efforts in Iraq "to establish courts; to train judges, prosecutors, and investigators; and to create institutions and practices to fight corruption." The report supports continued US training of the Iraqi Police Service, and says the police force "should be given greater responsibility to conduct criminal investigations and should expand its cooperation with other elements in the Iraqi judicial system in order to better control crime and protect Iraqi civilians." Reuters has more.

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