The US and the UK have circulated a new draft resolution to United Nations Security Council members giving the UN a more heavyweight role in Iraq.
If adopted, the UN would take a larger role in its political process.
The existing UN mission in Iraq has had a low-key presence ever since a truck bomb devastated its headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003.
Diplomats say a vote on any resolution by 10 August, when the existing mandate for the UN's mission in Iraq expires.
American and British diplomats are keen to find a way to involve the UN more in Iraq's political future.
This draft resolution would extend and widen the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, giving it a much more powerful advisory role.
It calls for a beefed-up mission that would work directly with the Iraqi government to promote reconciliation and help improve sectarian relations within the Iraqi parliament.
The draft resolution calls for more UN involvement in helping refugees to return and managing humanitarian aid and helping the entire national reconstruction effort.
It also points out the importance of armed protection by mainly US forces for any enhanced UN team on the ground.
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