The United States is pledging to take part in a United Nations conference later this month in Iraq. But it's made few promises beyond that.
U.S. ambassador John Negroponte said Washington will be, in his words, "appropriately represented" at the January 19th meeting.
He repeated that the United States is eager to have the U.N. play a role in the rebuilding of Iraqi society. A U.N. official says Secretary-General Kofi Annan has concrete ideas about what role the U.N. could play.
But if the subject came up in a meeting between Annan and Negroponte on Friday afternoon, the ambassador wasn't willing to share what was said. Britain's ambassador also attended.