Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Kurd-Arab Kirkuk Clash Is `Ticking Time Bomb,' UN Mediator Says

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The struggle between Kurds and Arabs for control of the city of Kirkuk and its oil amounts to a ``ticking time bomb'' in northern Iraq, according to the new United Nations envoy trying to broker a settlement.

Mediator Staffan de Mistura said in an interview that he has about four months left to solve ``the mother of all crises'' in Iraq. ``If that takes place, we will have contributed substantially to avoiding a new conflict at the worst possible time,'' he said.

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