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Progress in Iraq Gives UN Secretary General Hope


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shed a positive light on the situation in Iraq, yesterday.

As more Americans disapprove of their country's effort in Iraq, the UN leader said that Iraq was stepping back from the abyss, but warned the situation remains fragile. He said:

There is new hope that the people and government of Iraq are overcoming daunting challenges and working together to rebuild their country.

Over 100 countries are currently meeting in Sweden to discuss the International Compact with Iraq, a five-year UN created international agreement on Iraq put together a year ago.

While the Secretary General gave words of encouragement, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki encouraged neighboring countries to engage in some good-hearted debt forgiveness. Iraq has $60 billion in debt, owed mostly to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The new Iraq wants a fresh financial start to help its reconstruction efforts.

Of course humble decreases in violence do not mean the rebuilding of Iraq is complete, but this cautious celebration of Iraq's progress may give Iraq the political momentum it needs to take the next step forward. Will praise from an international figure like the Secretary General of the UN have political implications back in the US?

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