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Saturday, 14 June 2003
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The U.S. administration in Baghdad, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) must urgently address Iraqis immediate concerns—personal security, the restoration of basic amenities and social welfare—before the blistering heat of summer sets in, says the International Crisis Group (ICG) in a new report. If it fails to do so—and establish a better rapport with Iraqis—there is a genuine risk that serious trouble will break out. With all eyes in the Middle East focused on Iraq, the coming weeks and months will also be critical for shaping regional perceptions of the U.S. ICG urges the CPA to restore public order and essential services, repair basic infrastructure, improve its own media capabilities and public profile, reconsider the sweeping de-Baathification edict and empower Iraqis by handing over day-to-day administration and accelerating elections at the local and institutional level.

For the full report, please see www.crisisweb.org
 
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