After Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the Security Council considered Iraq a threat to peace and security and imposed sanctions on and under chapter seven issued 73 resolutions against Iraq. Saddam did not comply with these resolutions and continued to challenge the UN and international laws. Following the fall of Saddam’s regime in 2003 Iraq has started to cooperate with the UN. The UN, in turn, has helped Iraq to have a permanent constitution and several elections. Iraq today is different than Iraq prior to 2003, as the Secretary General stated in his report to the Security Council in June 2009. The future of Iraq’s relations with the UN will be based on mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.
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