Top UN envoy in Iraq meets former prime minister Iyad Allawi

The senior United Nations envoy to Iraq and former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi have discussed the possibility of turmoil in the country in the coming months with the approach of key milestones in the constitutional process.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, and Mr. Allawi had wide-ranging talks in Baghdad on Saturday about the ongoing political process and the risk of political fragmentation in Iraq as the country heads towards the 15 August deadline for drafting its final constitution, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The meeting was held at the residence of Mr. Allawi, who in addition to being the former Prime Minister also headed the Iraqi National Accord.