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9-3-03

Sources: U.S. to circulate proposed U.N. resolution

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration will circulate a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution as early as Wednesday calling for a multinational force for Iraq and strengthening the United Nations' role in the reconstruction of the country.

One goal of the U.S. proposal is to draw more international involvement into the Iraqi postwar reconstruction effort, the officials said.

Several countries have expressed a reluctance to participate in such an effort without the cover of a U.N. resolution.

Officials said President Bush signed off on the proposal for a new Security Council resolution Tuesday afternoon, following a meeting with Secretary of State Colin Powell.

An administration official told CNN the council has reached consensus on the "building blocks" of the resolution, which would create a multinational force under U.S. command and a greater role for the United Nations in the political reconstruction of the country, such as helping the Iraqis draft a constitution and move toward elections.

Officials said President Bush signed off on the proposal for a new Security Council resolution Tuesday afternoon, following a meeting with Secretary of State Colin Powell.

The administration's latest effort comes after four car bombings in one month have targeted those cooperating to at least some extent with the U.S.-backed Coalition Provisional Authority.

More than 120 people have been killed in the terror attacks. An August 19 attack at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad killed 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. envoy to Iraq. 

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