With senior officials from Iraq’s neighbouring countries gathered for a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the top United Nations Envoy for Iraq has stressed the importance of a constitution-drafting process that engages the Iraqi population in the final outcome.Addressing the eighth meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the countries neighbouring Iraq, convened to assess the situation following the recent general elections there, Ashraf Qazi, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), stressed that improved security in the country needed a broad-based approach in which increased Iraqi security capacity was matched by progress in other areas, notably political outreach, public services, greater employment opportunities and development of local institutions.The two-day meeting, held over the weekend, brought together representatives from Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria as well as Bahrain, Egypt, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Arab League and the European Commission.In his address, Mr. Qazi welcomed the continued engagement of the neighbouring states as a key support for Iraq in the coming phase of its political transition. He also updated the conference on UNAMI’s expanded activities, including the establishment of liaison offices in Erbil in the north and Basrah in the south, and its role in coordinating donor assistance both in regard to the constitutional process and support for reconstruction.Meanwhile, in the Conference’s final communiqué, the ministers stressed the pivotal role the UN should play in the new phase, welcomed the increasing presence of UN staff in Iraq and called for the world body to establish itself more broadly in monitoring and assisting the political process and economic rehabilitation.
Centamin Egypt, which is developing the first large scale modern gold mine in Egypt, has intersected a further extremely high grade zone of gold mineralisation during its drilling program at the Sukari project in the Eastern Desert region. The intersection is a significant high grade structure parallel to and below the Hapi Zone.The high grade gold assay results in hole D1280, for example, intersected spectacular visible gold and galena in a massive quartz vein (558 – 559 m) within highly mineralised porphyry, which was drilled as a step-out hole to test the down dip extension of the porphyry in the Amun zone on northing 10550N. This hole intersected a high grade zone of 35 m @ 164.09 g/t Au from 550 m, containing a higher grade zone of 3 m @ 1,842.57 g/t Au from 557 m (including 1m @ 5,420 g/t Au from 558m with abundant visible gold). This deeper structure correlates to 6 m @ 15.21 g/t Au in hole RCD521 from 542 m and 22 m @ 21.83 g/t Au from 549 m in hole RCD1221, 25 m to the south (announced in November 2007).This mineralised intersection sits outside the current optimized pit shell and also outside the upgraded 7.46 Moz Measured and Indicated resource (Measured 2.72 Moz, Indicated 4.74 Moz), and 3.7 Moz Inferred resource, which was announced in December 2007.The current drill program has been very successful in targeting the down dip extension of the Hapi zone and deeperparallel high grade structures within the main porphyry, providing significant results over the past few months of focus in the Amun Deeps area. The company says it strategy remains to drill further the Amun Deeps zone “to add significant ounces to the global gold resource.”