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Shocker: UN Votes To Expand Presence In Iraq

From a shocked and dismayed AFP:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the United Nations is “deeply committed” to helping the Iraqis.

UN expands mission in Iraq

The Security Council on Friday unanimously agreed to expand the UN mission in Iraq despite the high level of insecurity in the country and resistance by United Nations staff.

The resolution presented by the United States and Great Britain, approved by all of the council’s 15 members, extends the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which expires Friday, by one year.

The measure permits the expansion of the UN staff in Iraq and paves the way for a UN special envoy “as circumstances permit” to “advise, support and assist” the Iraqi government in a wide range of matters — political, economic, legal, and human rights among them.

The resolution also underscores the US-led multinational force in Iraq’s “important role” in supporting United Nation’s mission, especially in providing safety for its staff.

“Security is essential for UNAMI to carry out its work on behalf of the people of Iraq,” it says.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after the vote that the United Nations is “deeply committed” to helping the Iraqis.

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to now enhance where possible our contributions in crucial areas such as national reconciliation, regional dialogue, humanitarian assistance and human rights,” he told reporters.

“A peaceful and prosperous future is for the Iraqis themselves to create, with the international community lending support to their efforts.”

US President George W. Bush quickly praised the measure.

“This vote sends an important signal of the United Nations’ commitment to support stability and security in Iraq,” said White House spokesperson Dana Perino, traveling with Bush as the president visits his family’s vacation compound in Kennebunkport, Maine…

My oh my.

It looks like even the United Nations is convinced that the surge is working and conditions are improving in Iraq.

Who is going to break this to the defeat-at-any-cost Democrats?

Of course someone should also remind the surrenderists that the US led forces are in Iraq also under a United Nations mandate.

And isn’t the UN normally their oracle in all things?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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