US plans role for UN in post-war Iraq

07 March 2003
The US is working on a framework for UN involvement in post-war Iraq, following criticism that Washington planned to create a US protectorate, according to US and UN officials quoted in London's Financial Times. Washington and London are drawing up a UN resolution that would lay out the organisation's role, including an amended oil-for-food programme to finance reconstruction and humanitarian assistance. While details have been emerging over the past few weeks on the US plans for its own role, little has so far been said about the place of the international community. Retired US army general Jay Garner is expected to co-ordinate reconstruction and humanitarian assistance after Saddam Hussein's removal, but White House sources said that this position would soon be transferred to the UN.

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