|The UN is supporting the US plan to put off elections in Iraq, but it may be acting more in accord with European than American interests in doing so, reports the Los Angeles Times. The UN, at the behest of the US, successfully pressured Iraq’s influential cleric, Ali Sistani, to drop his insistence on early elections and to agree instead to a US transfer of political “sovereignty” to some form of appointed Iraqi council. But France and Germany have now announced they want a new UN resolution to sanction the transfer, and the Times says this has the Bush administration worried. First, because a UN debate could require postponing the turnover date, which was selected with Bush’s reelection campaign in mind. And, second, because a new resolution could “force an overhaul of major infrastructure projects in the country, such as those for power plants and oil field redevelopment”, which have already been allocated to Halliburton and other US contractors. Although unmentioned in the Times article, other reports have indicated that Sistani also favours a new UN resolution.|
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....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.