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Majority reject break-up and foreign troops

Issue No. 2024

The warmongers who have created the chaos in Iraq are now proposing that the country be broken into three.

Yet the vast majority of Iraqis are opposed to partition.

An opinion poll conducted by the right wing International Republican Institute in June this year found that 79 percent of Iraqis are opposed to the break up of their country. Only 13 percent are in favour of dividing Iraq into Kurdish, Sunni and Shia cantons.

A breakdown of the poll by region shows that the majority who favour separation are the Kurds of northern Iraq. The Kurds have long-standing demands for autonomy and suffered heavily under the old regime.

Yet only a thin majority, 52 percent, want separation. An equal number of Shia and Sunni Muslims, 88 percent in each case, are opposed to any break up of the country.

The poll shows that those who want a sectarian break up make up a tiny percent of the population - less than 5 percent of Shia Muslims and 3 percent of Sunnis.

The polls have also confirmed that an overwhelming majority of Iraqis of all religions and ethnic groups, 87 percent, want an immediate timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.

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Sat 28 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2024
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