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Iraqi Govt Can't Solve Kirkuk Dispute

Iraqi legislators Sunday failed to reach an agreement over the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk

Iraqi legislators Sunday failed to reach an agreement over the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk.

Kirkuk sits on Iraq's northern oil fields and also on a fault line between the Sunni Muslim Kurds who dominate most of northern Iraq and the Sunni Arabs who occupy the center of the country.

The Kirkuk dispute is blocking passage of a law governing provincial elections that originally were scheduled for October.

President Bush , meanwhile, called Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul Mahdi Sunday and urged all sides to reach an agreement, according to a statement from Abdul Mahdi's office.