Members of the Iraqi Governing Council told a news conference at the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit in Malaysia that they are seeking a formula under which Iraq can take charge of its own security as soon as possible.
The United States is seeking troops from other countries to relieve its 130,000 forces in Iraq.
The comments by members of the Iraqi Governing Council appeared aimed at cutting off debate over the issue of sending peacekeepers from neighboring Turkey to Iraq, which the council fears could end up interfering in Iraq's internal affairs.
"We do not prefer troops from neighboring countries to enter Iraq ... in fact we do not prefer forces from other Islamic countries," said Muhsin Abdul Hamid, a council member.
The Governing Council feels that security can be maintained with present coalition troops and the emergence of more Iraqi security forces, Hamid said.
Also Wednesday, council president Iyad Allawi said the group would "definitely" hold elections in 2004.
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At the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit in Malaysia Wednesday, Muhsin Abdul Hamid, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, said the council is seeking a formula under which "the Iraqis themselves can be in charge of their security, and we believe we can meet that challenge."
Tuesday, a car bomb exploded outside Turkey's embassy in Baghdad, escalating tensions over Ankara's offer to send peacekeepers.
Turkey had been alone at the Islamic summit here in vowing to send troops while Iraq remains under U.S. control. Other Muslim countries said they might be willing, but only with a United Nations Security Council mandate.
The Iraqis also threw the summit into uncertainty by saying they might seek the postponement of a draft OIC resolution, the focus of much diplomatic effort at the summit, that welcomes the establishment of the Governing Council "as a forward step to the restoration of the government of Iraq" and calls for a "U.N. resolution to set a schedule for the return of power to the Iraqi people."
The language could conflict with a separate resolution being circulated by the United States at the U.N. Security Council in New York calling for the Governing Council to announce a timetable by Dec. 15 for the drafting of a new Iraqi constitution and the holding of elections, and for an expanded role for the United Nations in Iraq.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said there were "procedural problems" with the way the OIC resolution had been drafted by foreign ministers, and that Iraq's representatives had not had a chance to approve it before it was to be submitted Thursday and Friday to OIC national leaders.
"Because due to the change in circumstances, especially now at the Security Council — there is a new draft resolution to the council — we want to be patient in order to find out the outcome," Zebari said.
On Tuesday, Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Iraq had not been "sidelined" in discussions on the OIC draft resolution.
The statement had been considered a breakthrough, allowing harsh critics of the U.S.-led invasion — including summit host Malaysia, which has viewed the council as a U.S. puppet and initially refused to invite it — to find common ground with Arab countries that have already recognized the council as a transitional government.
National leaders of the 57-nation OIC have begun to arrive in Malaysia for their first summit in three years Thursday at a time when many Islamic countries feel the war on terrorism is turning into a war against Muslims.