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U.N. OKs New Iraq Resolution

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2004 – As President Bush predicted earlier today, the United Nations has passed a new resolution on Iraq.

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously late today on a new resolution that would effectively provide international legitimacy for the Iraqi interim government that's slated to take power June 30.

The Security Council consists of five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and 10 others elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms.

Bush, who was attending the G-8 economic summit at Sea Island, Ga., noted that passage of the U.S.-British-proposed U.N. resolution would show "members of the Security Council are interested in working together to make sure Iraq is free, peaceful and democratic."

About 160,000 U.S. and coalition troops are expected to remain in Iraq to effect stability operations.

Nationwide Iraqi elections are slated for early next year.

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Text of President Bush's Remarks Concerning Pending U.N. Security Council Resolution on Iraq, June 8, 2004, Sea Island, Ga.
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