Rice says the world must do more for Iraq

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday acknowledged widespread skepticism about the improvement of conditions in Iraq but said the world must support the Iraqi government. Despite those concerns, the Iraqi government should be rewarded for fulfilling pledges to boost security and enact political reforms, she said. Iraq, she said, was now a "fully functioning system" that should not be denied assistance from its friends and neighbors. Such aid, in the form of development projects and technical expertise, should no longer be held back for security reasons, as much of it has, nor should debt relief or diplomatic recognition be further delayed, Rice said, noting that some donors still must be convinced.