Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Regional governments are now becoming involved in the effort to stabilise Iraq. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference is currently sponsoring a new initiative aimed at reconciling Iraq's religious communities. The 57-member OIC invited Iraqi Sunni and Shiite leaders to Jeddah for a series of preparatory meetings, during which they drafted a covenant, dubbed "the Mecca al-Mukarramah document," which forbids inter-Islamic fighting. The declaration will be proclaimed during a wider gathering of senior clerics scheduled to take place next week in the holy city of Mecca.