US officials underscore need to improve security in postwar Iraq

Even as they hailed the lifting of sanctions against Iraq, US officials in that country again have underscored the need to improve security in an effort to ramp up production of crude oil for domestic consumption and exports."Lifting (United Nations) sanctions is a vital step in helping the Iraqi people restore a normal life," said Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, chief civilian administrator in Iraq, adding, "Crude oil sales will be a key source of reconstruction funds for Iraq."Production challengesBut getting production up to the level needed will require efforts in a number of different areas, not the least of which are repairs to the basic infrastructure that has been neglected for the...

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