Monday, February 16, 2004

Iraq will ask the United States to remove Saddam Hussein's status as a prisoner of war and hand him to Iraqis for trial, the nation's foreign minister said Sunday.

Hoshyar Zebari said in Kuwait that the new Iraqi government will request that Saddam is ''handed over to the Iraqi justice.'' Zebari was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting with delegates from Iraq's neighbors.

''We have agreed with the United States and the coalition forces that whenever we are ready as Iraqis, and especially after we regain power ... we will demand changing Saddam's status as a prisoner of war,'' Zebari said.

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