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International Iraq Summit Pledges General Support, But No Aid Guarantees

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An international conference in Brussels on Iraq has backed Baghdad's plans to improve security, build the economy and move the political process forward, but has given no firm aid pledges.

Officials from more than 80 nations called for cooperation among Iraq's neighbors and the international community to help the country defeat an ongoing insurgency and build a democracy.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday that Iraq's government must remain open to all those who reject violence - an apparent reference to Sunni Arabs who boycotted parliament elections and are believed to be at the core of the insurgency.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged countries to fulfill their previous aid pledges. He also called on neighboring countries to prevent insurgents from crossing their borders into Iraq.
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