Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Iraq Police Search for Kidnapped Diplomat: "By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A Sunni Arab group called on Sunnis to take part in future elections on Monday and a leading Sunni hardline cleric condemned kidnappings, as police searched for a top Egyptian diplomat seized over the weekend.
Sunnis boycotted the Jan. 30 vote, which went overwhelmingly to Shiites - an outcome that boosted the Sunni-led insurgency by convincing many Sunnis they would be marginalized in the new Iraq.
Political efforts to encourage Sunni extremists to join in the building of a new Iraq received a boost Monday when Dr. Adnan Al-Dulami, spokesman of the General Conference for Sunnis in Iraq, called on Sunnis ``to organize themselves to take part in the coming elections and to start to register their names at the offices of the electoral commission.''
He said Sunni clerics would soon issue a religious decree repeating the call. Clerics were at the forefront of boycott calls before the January election."