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us softening to new regime

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    The Us appears to be softenning their attitude to the new regime -

    WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Washington dropped its demand
    that the ousted Mauritanian president be restored and said on
    Tuesday it was now dealing with the coup's leaders to persuade
    them to find a constitutional transition of power.
    "The guys running the country right now are the guys we're
    dealing with because they're the ones making the decisions and
    we are trying to get them to make the right decision," State
    Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters.
    "That decision is to have in Mauritania a government that
    is in power on the basis of constitutional process."
    The U.S. remarks reinforced predictions from diplomats in
    Mauritania who said foreign nations will support the military
    junta that staged a bloodless coup if it shows it can live up
    to its promise of organizing democratic elections.
    A 17-member military council seized power in the Islamic
    republic last week, ending two decades of authoritarian rule by
    President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya and promising
    presidential elections within two years.
    Jubilant residents took to the streets of the capital
    Nouakchott in celebration, while the opposition and even Taya's
    own political party swiftly backed the junta's plans.
    The United States, European Union and African Union among
    others condemned the putsch, with Washington initially calling
    for Taya to be restored to power.
    Ereli repeatedly avoided answering directly if the United
    States still wanted Taya back in his post.
    "We are calling for the return of constitutional rule and a
    government that is representative of the people and answerable
    to the people," he said.
    ((MAURITANIA-USA; reporting by Saul Hudson; editing by Eric
    Beech; [email protected]; 202 898 8300))

    Wednesday 10 August 2005 09:43:09 AEST
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