BAGHDAD (AFP) -Iraq's government stands ready to "help" insurgents wanting to lay down their weapons, a top government official said in the latest bid to encourage political reconciliation in the war-torn country.
"We are not bent on revenge. We will help any party wishing to disarm," Vice President Adel Abdel Mehhi told reporters.
On the other hand, "the government will strike back forcefully against all acts of violence and terrorism", he warned Tuesday.
The Shiite leader did not elaborate on the government's offer, but his comments came just two days after President Jalal Talabani said he was prepared to hold talks with insurgents.
"To those who took up arms to end the occupation, we say that the solution will not come through weapons but through political dialogue and democratic means," Talabani said in Cairo where he attended an Arab League-sponsored meeting of Iraq's rival factions.
Can we dare to believe these guys are standing up and taking charge of their own country?
This is incredible news. And still next to nothing about it in on the cable channels.
And no comments yet from the administration.
Do you think they had to call the paramedics to revive Dick Cheney?