Bush, Brown Back UN Iraq Force

Security Council resolution could mark beginning of exit strategy
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown answers questions from the press after addressing a meeting in the Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations, at U.N. headquarters Tuesday morning July 31, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US and UK have circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would greatly increase the UN's role in Iraq, writes the Times of London. The resolution follows Bush and Brown's meeting at Camp David and is seen as a step towards an exit strategy from Iraq for the two countries.

The UN, long sidelined in Iraq, would gain new responsibilities ranging from fostering reconciliation among political opponents to settling border disputes. Britain has supported greater UN involvement for years, and American ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has recognized that only the UN has the "unmatched convening power" to bring factions together.