Iraqi prime minister to address UN Assembly

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12 / 09 / 2004 UNITED NATIONS, ( Reuters ) — Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, is expected to make his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 24 and perhaps go to Washington afterward, Iraqi sources and U.N. officials said on Friday.

Allawi probably will be in New York Sept. 19 or 20 for the start of the assembly session, at which 176 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers are scheduled to speak. President George W. Bush addresses the assembly on Sept. 21, the opening day of the two-week session.

Included in Allawi's delegation will be interim Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, who held the same post under the U.S.-led occupation that ended officially in June, diplomats said.

The Iraqi sources said the visit was fairly set. The U.N. calendar of dignitaries lists him as speaking for Iraq.

Last year, the U.S.-appointed Governing Council, including Zebari, took Iraq's U.N. seat at the opening of the General Assembly, months after the invasion in March 2003 that toppled President Saddam Hussein.

The address on behalf of the Iraqi government then was given by Ahmad Chalabi, head of the once-exiled Iraqi National Congress and one of the rotating presidents of the Governing Council.

Since then, Chalabi, a favorite of the Pentagon as it planned to overthrow Saddam, has been accused of counterfeiting and other misdeeds by Allawi's government. But he told reporters recently the counterfeit charge had been dropped and complaints against him were reduced to a summons.

Source: Reuters

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