Kerry Says It's Up to Iraqis

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry says neither President Barack Obama nor the American people want to see a wholesale U.S. intervention in Iraq.

He told ABC that there's "an opportunity for Iraq to come up with his own choice."

Kerry, wrapping up two days of talks in Iraq, said on CBS that the U.S. "is trying to move this process forward" so that there will be "a structure in Iraq which will give us the greatest capacity for success."

He told NBC's "Today" show, "A united Iraq is a stronger Iraq."

Kerry is pushing the central government in Baghdad to at least adopt new policies that would give more authority to Iraq's minority Sunnis and Kurds. He has noted bitterness and growing impatience among all of Iraq's major sects and ethnic groups with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Kerry met today with the president of Iraq's Kurdish region -- whose support is key to solving the country's political crisis. Kurds represent about 20 percent of Iraq's population. The Kurdish leader declared that "we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq."


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