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Barzani refuses to meet Condeleza Rice

Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2007 | 12:59 PM

The head of Iraq’s Kurdish regional government Massoud Barzani has refused to meet with the US Secretary of State Condeleza Rice.

Mr. Barzani has refused the meeting because of Washington’s tolerance of recent Turkish raids. He was scheduled to meet with Miss Rice in Baghdad.

Mr. Barzani\'s withdrew as a sign of protest after several villages were bombed on Sunday.

The United Nations Refugee Agency has said almost 2,000 people in northern Iraq have fled their homes as a result of the Turkish operations.