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[casi] US decides against larger UN role in Iraq

US decides against larger UN role in Iraq
S Rajagopalan
Washington, August 15,001300180038.htm

The US is understood to have finally decided against
assigning a greater role for the United Nations in Iraq,
thus rejecting the terms set by India, France and some other
countries for deploying their troops in the war-ravaged

While there has been no formal pronouncement yet on the
subject, the New York Times quoted officials as saying that
Washington would instead seek larger contingents from the 18
countries that are already represented in Iraq.

India has stuck to its stand that the US should seek a
clearer UN mandate on the issue before it could consider
deploying troops. New Delhi・s position was reiterated by
Defence Secretary Ajay Prasad during his recent meeting here
with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

France and Russia are among other major countries in the
forefront of the demand for a larger UN role in Iraq.

The Bush administration, however, is said to have reached a
consensus that it would be better to work with countries
that are already cooperating instead of involving the UN or
other countries that opposed the war but are :eager to
exercise influence in a post-war Iraq;.

:The administration is not willing to confront going to the
Security Council and saying, .We really need to make Iraq
an international operation・,; the NYT quoted an official
as saying.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is said to be among the
prominent hardliners opposed to any dilution of America・s
military authority in Iraq either through UN peacekeepers or
through UN authorisation of forces from other countries.

The US has 139,000 troops in Iraq, while the other 18
countries between them have sent 21,000 troops. This figure
includes 11,000 British troops. The other countries
represented include Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Denmark,
the Netherlands, Romania and the Czech Republic.

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