The Political Scene (3 May 2004)
UN envoy Lakdhar Brahimi has outlined to the Security Council his ideas for Iraqs immediate political future. These accommodate the 30 June deadline set by the Americans for handing sovereignty to the Iraqis, but as the deadline approaches the kind of sovereignty involved is coming under growing scrutiny. The stand-off between coalition forces and Sunnis in Falluja and Shi'as in Najaf remains unresolved. In yet another reversal of an...