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Putin unhappy with Iraq resolution

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Putin said Russia wanted a hand in post-war reconstruction.

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start quoteThe people of Iraq have more trust in their traditional partners then they do in -- well, to say it straight out -- than in those who are controlling the situation now.end quote
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CNN's Richard Roth on the revision of a U.S. resolution that gives a greater role to the U.N. in Iraq.
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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is not satisfied with the U.N. draft resolution on Iraq prepared by the United States.

But he added he was heartened that there was a "desire" by the United States "to find a compromise."

"I think that if we work in this basis, then it's quite likely we will find a compromise," Putin said, speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting.

The proposal bolsters the U.N. role in the rebuilding of Iraq, and calls for the government to develop a timetable leading to sovereignty.

Putin said the efforts at the Security Council should give the international community an opportunity to participate "in the rebirth of Iraq."

He said he believes Russia could have "some success" in post-war reconstruction.

"This is because the people of Iraq have more trust in their traditional partners then they do in -- well, to say it straight out -- than in those who are controlling the situation now."

Russia is a permanent member of the council, with the power of veto.

The Security Council discussed the resolution Thursday and will meet again Monday.

Speaking after Thursday's meeting, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte ruled out an early transfer of power.

The Iraqis should draft a new Iraqi constitution, hold elections, "and after that -- and only after that -- would full governmental functions be handed over to the Iraqis," Negroponte said.

France and China, two of the permanent Security Council members, say the resolution is inadequate.

Germany, also a member of the council, but without veto power, said it viewed the resolution as "a step forward" but said it still needs work.

The Associated Press reports U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as saying: "Obviously, it's not going in the direction I had recommended, but I will still have to study it further."


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