Iraq's fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Former dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath party must play a role if a political solution is to be found in Iraq, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi said Monday, warning that U.S. airstrikes would do nothing to end the violence.Hashemi said "de-Baathification" after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 had caused Iraq to lose well-trained professionals it now badly needed, and said it was vital they were brought into the political process.Maliki, a Shiite, stepped down last week after criticism that his sectarian policies had encouraged some members of the Sunni minority to join the ISIS insurgency.Hashemi called for the international community, under the auspices of the United Nations, to help oversee the revival of a political process in Iraq, rather than focusing simply on the threat from ISIS fighters, a strategy he said would not deliver long-term stability.
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