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US to Take Lead In Iraq’s Reconstruction

Secretary of State Powell said this at the closing of the fast-paced meeting of his EU and NATO counterparts in Brussels:

"I think the coalition has to play the leading role. But that does not mean we have to shut others out. There will definitely be a United Nations role, but what the exact nature of that role will be remains to be seen."

And the French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said: "We must stabilize Iraq and the region. The United Nations is the only international organization that can give legitimacy to this."

And the Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel said: "I don’t see how we could contribute to the reconstruction without the United Nations playing the key role."

Good. I think that is perfectly clear. There was also tentative agreement that NATO should consider deploying peacekeepers in Iraq.

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