A broader role for the UN in Iraq appears a step closer after a meeting to discuss the reconstruction of the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki assured UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that he could gaurantee security for an increased mission. The two men jointly hosted the summit of world powers and Iraq’s neighbours at the UN. Last month the Security Council vote to give the world body an expanded political role in Iraq, including promoting reconciliation between rival factions and dialogue with neighboring countries.
The UN significantly reduced its involvement in Iraq four years ago after a bomb attack killed 22 people in its Baghdad headquarters. The US and Britain are behind the drive to bring the UN back. But the allies deny their aim is to unload Iraq’s polical problems onto the organisation before reducing troops levels.