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United Nations Foundation President Urges Security Council to Define Substantial UN Role in Iraq

Washington, DC —   May 14, 2003

The President of the United Nations Foundation (UNF), former U.S. Sen. Timothy E. Wirth, called today for the members of the United Nations Security Council to work together clearly define and solidify a substantial role for the United Nations in Post-War Iraq.

“The United States and the members of the Security Council have an historic opportunity before them to craft a resolution that will not only help bring assistance and order to the people of Iraq, but that also can heal the international divisions created by disagreements over the war,” Sen. Wirth said.

“The resolution proposed by the United States, United Kingdom and Spain leaves the United Nations with an ill-defined role that does not tap into its extensive experience with weapons inspections, post-war reconstruction efforts, and civil administration,” Sen. Wirth said. “It cannot be overstated that the United Nations provides critical legitimacy to ensure success and sustainability of the post-war Iraq regime—not just among Arab states but to governments throughout the world. But this legitimacy can only be valid if the United Nations is given a clear and meaningful mandate and the resources needed to fulfill it.

“A larger more defined UN role in Iraq—beyond the humanitarian assistance it is already providing— means that there will be less of drain on US financial and human resources. It seems obvious to me that the US would want to share the burden of reconstruction with the UN – an organization well equipped to take on such a role.”

The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist R.E. Turner’s historic gift to support UN causes. The United Nations Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations and its Charter. Through its grantmaking and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the United Nations Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.


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The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist R.E. Turner’s historic gift to support UN causes. The United Nations Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations and its Charter. Through its grantmaking and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the United Nations Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.  

 
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