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and rejects call for official anti-war protest over Iraq

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The RIBA's ruling council has thrown out an emergency motion demanding a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Iraq.

Councillors were divided between those who wanted the institute to make a stand against military action and those who argued such a move was outside the RIBA's remit. Instead, 33 members made their anti-war sentiments heard by signing a document supporting president Paul Hyett's recent protest letter to the Independent newspaper.

The emergency motion demanded the government back down from war, citing the potential civilian death toll and destruction of the 'architectural and archaeological treasures of the region'. But president-elect George Ferguson said. 'We have to be careful the council is not seen to be too political.'

lMembers can add their names in support of Hyett's stance by going to www. riba. org

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