Secret Iraq peace seminar ends in Finland, no word on outcome

Secret talks between Sunni and Shi'ite groups finished Monday without word of any progress toward ending sectarian violence in Iraq, organizers said. The four-day seminar at an undisclosed location in Finland brought together representatives from the feuding groups to study lessons learned from peace processes in South Africa and Northern Ireland. Organizers declined to say whether the meeting, attended by some 30 participants helped bring the two sides closer. Meeri-Maria Jaarva, a spokeswoman for the conflict-prevention group Crisis Management Initiative, confirmed the meeting was over, but declined to comment further.