Six Middle Eastern nations have urged Baghdad to fully comply with U-N disarmament resolutions to prevent a possible U-S led war against Iraq.
The foreign ministers of Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia issued the call after talks today (Thursday) in Istanbul. All the countries -- except Egypt -- border Iraq.
The six countries says Iraq must show "active cooperation" with U-N arms inspectors -- something Chief inspector Hans Blix has also told Baghdad.
The conference in Istanbul is part of a concerted diplomatic effort led by Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis. U-S officials have publicly praised Turkey's efforts.
Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis denied media reports that the conference would try to draw-up a plan for the Iraqi leader to step down and go into exile in another country.
Turkey - a NATO member - could play a key role in the event of military action against Iraq.