US Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad said a resolution that would expand the UN mandate in Iraq will internationalize the effort to assist Iraqis in overcoming their internal differences and bringing neighboring countries together to help the country.
"This is not a substitute for what the United States is doing," he said on the eve of Friday's vote on the resolution, which is co-sponsored by the US and Britain.
The sponsors delayed a vote so that Iraq's prime minister could revise the text, which would authorize the world body to help the government promote national reconciliation, better relations with its neighbors, and deal with humanitarian concerns that have increased because of insecurity and fighting.
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