"We must clarify some points such as that on jurisdiction, that is to say that the American law has precedence inside their bases but not in the streets," he told the Spanish newspaper ABC.
"Neither can they continue to detain Iraqis in their prisons, that is the jurisdiction of our judges," he said.
"And finally, the sovereignty of the country is at stake over certain aspects such as that of the air space which, for the time being, is still under their control," he said.
The controversial accord, which negotiators have labored over for months, is supposed to be in place by the end of the year to set new guidelines for
The draft pact, which has triggered fierce opposition in
U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday promised to consider
If no agreement is reached, "we will try to make a new appeal to the U.N. Security Council to obtain a delay... The truth is their departure now could have serious consequences as much for security as for our economy," Zebari said.
"I calculate that at least until 2011 we will need support and training from the Americans to consolidate our armed forces," he said.
Zebari also said the two candidates for the White House, Barack Obama and John McCain, who he said had both assured him that the "fundamental axes of U.S. policy in Iraq will not change."
"We remember President Bush as the person who allowed us to have a democracy," he said.
The White House on Thursday charged that politics and posturing in