First Published: 2003-11-17

Italian official resigns from Iraq advisory council

Calamai resigns in protest at deep disagreements with coalition's policies which have never been implemented.


Middle East Online

The provisional authority is not working: Calamai

ROME - Italy's representative on Iraq's Coalition Provisional Council has resigned in protest at what he said were disagreements over the US-dominated council's policies in the country, press reports said here Monday.

"I am in deep disagreement with the policies of the coalition, whether they be about the economic reconstruction of the country or about the democratic transition," Marco Calamai told Italian newspapers.

"The provisional authority is not working," said Calamai, Italy's representative on the council headed by the American Paul Bremer.

"To my mind, only a new, United Nations driven international plan giving Europe a greater role can improve the situation which is seriously compromised at the moment."

"Projects which have been implemented are not working and the Iraqis are more and more furious," he said. "This social unrest can only encourage terrorism."


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