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  • z4th90193 z4th90193 Nov 17, 2003 4:20 PM Flag

    Italian Member of Iraq Coalition Quits

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Italian member of the U.S.-led coalition has resigned, accusing L. Paul Bremer's administration of inefficiency and failing to understand Iraq � sharp criticisms that raise questions about the authority's ability to carry out the delicate task of transferring power to Iraqis.

    The allegations by Marco Calamai, a special counselor of the Coalition Provisional Authority in the southern province of Dhi Qar, came as Russia and France criticized the U.S. timetable for handing over power to the Iraqis by July 1.

    Calamai told the Italian reporters in Nasiriyah on Sunday that the failure of the coalition to understand Iraqi society had created "delusion, social discontent and anger" among Iraqis and allowed terrorism to "easily take root."

    "The provisional authority simply doesn't work," Calamai told the newspaper. He said only a U.N. administration could turn the tide.

    There was no immediate comment from Bremer's staff.

    Maybe Bremer is going to be immediately recalled again to the US for another plan #59 obfuscation meeting.

 
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