US submits new draft UN Iraq resolution

16 May 2003
The US has submitted a new draft of its resolution to lift sanctions against Iraq which continues to give wide-ranging powers to Washington and London about how to spend Iraqi oil money and to rebuild the country until a permanent government is established.

The text includes more than 25 changes suggested by the 15 council members. The United States expects a vote next week. The new draft strengthens the role of a UN envoy in Iraq. Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi has been offered the post, but he so far has refused the job. Another candidate is Sergio Vieira de Mello of Brazil, the UN High commissioner for Human Rights.

The draft was circulated on 15 May. US diplomats expect it to be voted on by the end of May.

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