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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 18, 2002


Future of Iraq, Local Government Working Group Meeting

The first session of the Future of Iraq project working group on Local Government will convene on December 18-19, 2002 in Washington, DC.

At this session, the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs will be hosting approximately 15 "Free Iraqis" who have expressed an interest in how local and regional governments function. Specifically, their interactions with a central government; an examination of the separation of powers; and how private institutions, community organizers, and businesses can work with local governments to provide more effective services to the Iraqi people.

For further information regarding the Future of Iraq project, please contact Gregg Sullivan, Deputy Director for Press Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, at 202-647-5150.

All Future of Iraq working groups are closed to the press. However, if you are interested in interviewing the some of the Iraqi participants at the conclusion of the session, please contact David Staples, Public Affairs Officer, Future of Iraq, at 202-312-9836 or 202-374-1216.

Released on December 18, 2002

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