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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Council Meets on Iraq

UNITED NATIONS -- More than six months after UN weapons inspectors pulled out of Iraq, the deeply divided Security Council held its first informal discussion Monday on three rival proposals to restart relations with Baghdad.

Despite weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the five veto-wielding permanent members of the council remain split in two camps with no immediate prospect of bridging their differences.

All 15 council members agree on the need to resume weapons monitoring and to suspend some UN sanctions to try to improve living conditions for Iraqis.

But the five permanent members remain divided on key issues.