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Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Representative to Iraq
On yesterday's program, a writer, a reporter, and a Senator gave us a progress report on Iraq. Today, in the second hour, we'll check in with Staffan de Mistura, who heads the United Nations Assistance Mission there, and is the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Iraq. On Monday, de Mistura briefed the UN Security Council on what progress he has observed.
In 2003, Sergio Vieira de Mello, a United Nations envoy to Iraq, and 21 of his colleagues died when a suicide bomber killed himself outside of the UN mission in Baghdad. After that explosion, the UN reduced its presence in Iraq by one third. With de Mistura's appointment, the international organization signaled its eagerness — once again — to help with the reconstruction effort there. What questions do you have for him?