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    Could the UN help promote reconciliation in Iraq?

    The US and the UK have circulated a draft resolution to United Nations proposing a wider mandate for the organisation to help promote political reconciliation.

    The resolution would give the UN a much more powerful advisory role in Iraq, authorising it to advise in the review of the Iraqi constitution and help settle disputed internal boundaries.

    The UN has had a low-key presence in Iraq since a truck bomb devastated its headquarters in Iraq in 2003.

    Could a more powerful UN presence make a difference? How can different communities in Iraq resolve their differences? Are you in the region? Send us your comments and experiences.
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    an give it even more access to its mineral and commercial wealths

    no they should not they should have gone there in teh first place
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    Absolutely not! As much as I sympathize with the plight of ordinary Iraqis, the US and UK should pay dearly for their actions. If the UN backpedals on this issue, then it probably deserves to be a target. It's bad enough that it is already propping up an unwanted occupation through its support of the US-controlled Iraqi Governing Council. I'm sure the fact that millions of Iraqis, especially young children, suffered or died during 12 years of UN-approved sanctions hasn't entirely been forgotten either. So contrary to what some have written, the UN is not an innocent party to this conflict. Rather it was a witting accomplice. The sooner it distances itself from US foreign policy, the better off it will be.
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    (Original post by The Anthropologist)
    Absolutely not! As much as I sympathize with the plight of ordinary Iraqis, the US and UK should pay dearly for their actions. If the UN backpedals on this issue, then it probably deserves to be a target. It's bad enough that it is already propping up an unwanted occupation through its support of the US-controlled Iraqi Governing Council. I'm sure the fact that millions of Iraqis, especially young children, suffered or died during 12 years of UN-approved sanctions hasn't entirely been forgotten either. So contrary to what some have written, the UN is not an innocent party to this conflict. Rather it was a witting accomplice. The sooner it distances itself from US foreign policy, the better off it will be.
    Ah yes, who can forget the UN 'declaring war' on Iraq, 2 Aug 1990, if memory serves. Punishing poor innocent, little Iraq, what did they do to deserve that?

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    I just wonder if UN can have a bigger role in Iraq. Cause when the US declared the war in Iraq, did America ask for permission from UN? Of course not. The war started without the concern for peace. So, even though scores of resolutions were passed, nothing could be done. So what the US can do is just to moderate the scenaro.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    Ah yes, who can forget the UN 'declaring war' on Iraq, 2 Aug 1990, if memory serves. Punishing poor innocent, little Iraq, what did they do to deserve that?

    Oh...
    Are you implying that only Iraq are the guilty party here or...?
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    Are you implying that it was the evil Kuwaitis?
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    (Original post by Suchana)
    Cause when the US declared the war in Iraq, did America ask for permission from UN? Of course not.
    Really? Not on 5th Feb 2003?

    The war started without the concern for peace.
    Dunno quite how you mean. If you consider terrorism or beligerent nations equipped with chemical weapons to be peaceful than yes, none of the aims of the war, stated at the time, concerned peace.

    So, even though scores of resolutions were passed, nothing could be done. So what the US can do is just to moderate the scenaro.
    Explain.
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    (Original post by Have Your Say)
    Could the UN help promote reconciliation in Iraq?

    The US and the UK have circulated a draft resolution to United Nations proposing a wider mandate for the organisation to help promote political reconciliation.

    The resolution would give the UN a much more powerful advisory role in Iraq, authorising it to advise in the review of the Iraqi constitution and help settle disputed internal boundaries.

    The UN has had a low-key presence in Iraq since a truck bomb devastated its headquarters in Iraq in 2003.

    Could a more powerful UN presence make a difference? How can different communities in Iraq resolve their differences? Are you in the region? Send us your comments and experiences.
    Now is not the time to remove the very little independence which Iraq has over its regulation and reconstruction; the UN should withdraw along with other institutions so that only the most necessary to pastoral and medical care remain.

    If the UN is willing to provide Medical support, then yes, I have no real problem with their presence for the time being. However, Iraq has to be able to stand on its own feet, and re-building itself, knowledgeable of its own needs and requirements, is the way towards this; the involvement of the UN in what are internal issues would only smack of continued presence. Many people across the world see the UN (quite unfortunately correctly) dominated by the Security Council, the G8 nations and the economic elite (which translates into US primacy at a time when only a reduction in the American presence can do any good to Iraq’s long term stability and functionality).
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    (Original post by Catsmeat)
    Now is not the time to remove the very little independence which Iraq has over its regulation and reconstruction; the UN should withdraw along with other institutions so that only the most necessary to pastoral and medical care remain.
    Unfortunately, while aid convoys and ambulances are a target for attack I cannot imagine any army or NGO in their right mind doing anything in Iraq without security. I also don't believe that once security is removed, Iraq will suddenly become a peaceful state - it will get worse, dramatically so.
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    (Original post by Have Your Say)
    Could the UN help promote reconciliation in Iraq?

    The US and the UK have circulated a draft resolution to United Nations proposing a wider mandate for the organisation to help promote political reconciliation.

    The resolution would give the UN a much more powerful advisory role in Iraq, authorising it to advise in the review of the Iraqi constitution and help settle disputed internal boundaries.

    The UN has had a low-key presence in Iraq since a truck bomb devastated its headquarters in Iraq in 2003.

    Could a more powerful UN presence make a difference? How can different communities in Iraq resolve their differences? Are you in the region? Send us your comments and experiences.
    Why did US and UK not do this since beginning?
 
 
 
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