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Russia Warns Break-Up of Iraq Possible


Russia's foreign minister says Iraq could split into different states if its ethnic groups fail to unite.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Tuesday in St. Petersburg that Iraq could break up if the government in Baghdad does not take urgent steps toward achieving real national unity.

Russia opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and has called for efforts to contain the violence there.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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