US Proposes Boosting UN Role in Iraq

But with no more money to steal and no dictator to prop up, does the UN care?

The United States and Britain Thursday presented a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to enhance and expanded the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

A copy of the draft resolution obtained by AFP calls for UNAMI's mandate, launched in August 2003, to be extended another year beyond its August 10 expiration date.

The US-British proposal also calls on the UN's representative in Iraq and UNAMI, "as circumstances permit," to "advise, support and assist" the Iraqi government on a range of issues including politics, elections, constitution, justice, economy, human rights and the return of refugees to their homes.

The proposal underscores the "important role" the US-led multinational force has in backing UNAMI, recognizing that "security is essential for UNAMI to carry out its work on behalf of the people of Iraq."