Source Pravda.Ru

Austrian foreign minister: Iraqi constitution referendum "important step"

The considerable turnout in Iraq's constitutional referendum demonstrates the Iraqi people's determination to take their fate into their own hands, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said Sunday.

Plassnik said Iraqis were courageous to vote despite the difficult circumstances and lack of security. Initial estimates put turnout in Saturday's referendum at 61 percent, AP reported.

The vote "marks another important step in Iraq's political transformation process," Plassnik said in a statement.

"Austria's and the EU's goal is a more secure, more stable and unified Iraq, where democracy and prosperity reins, and where human rights are respected; (an Iraq) that is sovereign and works constructively with its neighbors and the global community," Plassnik said.

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Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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