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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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Jillness Jillness 9 years
I read this in the Washington Post today: Tens of thousands rallied in several Iraqi cities Friday against a proposed US Iraqi security agreement. The differing factions: al Sadr's army, the mainstream shiite party, Abdul-Azis al-Hakim, and Sunni groups are all in opposition to this agreement that would allow US troops to remain in Iraq legally, after the current UN mandate expires.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"I do take what the U.N. says with a grain of salt; I hope what they are saying is true" I agree! ;)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
By follow what they say, I mean I pay attention to what they say, even though I don't believe the organization is the greatest; I like to take information in from as many sources are available and try to make sense of it all.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
The higher demand for fuel in developing nations is the major cause of rising fuel prices world wide. Fuel costs have not just risen in the U.S. Anyway, about this, I do take what the U.N. says with a grain of salt; I hope what they are saying is true, and I do follow what they say, but I feel the organization needs a lot of restructuring.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
With gas at $130 a barrel how is it that the third largest oil producing nation in the world is in debt? Oh, right, we gave all of that oil to private companies so no one in the public sector will ever see a dime. If you want the real reason we went into Iraq, there's your proof. Just remember that the next time you pay $60 to fill up your tank and smile, you just made some billionaire very happy.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I feel like the average American has very little ability to information gather on how things are going in Iraq. So if someone who is informed and theoretically not biased puts forth a positive statement I think it carries weight. Whether he's informed and not-biased isn't something I have enough info to determine.
stephley stephley 9 years
The people who usually bash the U.N. will likely decide on this one matter it's telling the truth.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
But judging by the photo, not the Iraqi Prime Minister.
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