Iraq UN mandate extended

Iraq Net reports that the UN Security Council has agreed to extend the mandate of multinational forces in Iraq “until the completion of the political process.” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari called on the United States and other countries to accelerate efforts to help the new government get on its feet: “We need the cooperation of all our neighbours, of the international community, to accelerate this, the process of training, of equipment, of assistance, because that will shorten the mandate of the (multinational force). “We need the continued engagement of the United States in this process. For us this is very important. It’s important to accelerate the training, the build-up of these forces. I know there are many efforts to see things through being exerted, but speed is of the essence.” (AJ)