이라크의 시어파와 쿠르드족 지도자들은 새 헌초안 협상에서 합의에 도달해 이를 22일 국회에 제출키로 했다고 시어파 협상관계자들이 밝혔습니다.

시어파와 쿠르드족 그리고 수니파 회교도 지도자들은 이라크 시간으로 22일 자정으로 정해진 국회의 헌법초안 승인 마감시한을 맞추기 위해 그동안 계속 협상을 벌여 왔습니다.

수니파측에서는 시어파와 쿠르드족이 지지하는 헌법초안에 반대한다고 말했지만 국회 표결을 저지하기에는 의석수가 부족한 것으로 알려졌습니다.

수니파는 국회가 만약 이 헌법초안을 승인할 경우 곧 이어 실시될 국민투표에서 이에 반대할 것을 이라크인들에게 촉구하고 있습니다.

 

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Shi'ite negotiators say they and Kurdish leaders have reached agreement on a new Iraqi constitution and will submit a draft of the charter to parliament for approval today (Monday).

Leaders of the two groups along with Sunni negotiators have been working to strike a deal on the constitution before parliament's deadline of midnight, Baghdad time.

Sunni leaders say they object to the Shi'ite and Kurdish-supported draft but appear to lack the votes in parliament to block its approval.

Sunnis say if parliament approves the charter, they will urge all Iraqis to reject it in the nationwide referendum scheduled to follow.

Details on the draft remain sketchy. One key passage reportedly refers to Iraq as a federal state, a concept the Sunnis have consistently opposed.

The three sides have been negotiating for weeks in a bid to overcome differences on the role of Islam in the state, women's rights, and arrangements for sharing power and oil revenue.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says one American soldier was killed and three others wounded when a bomb went off near their patrol in Samarra today (Monday).