UN calls on Iraq to take steps so it can cancel sanctions from after Saddam's Kuwait invasion

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling on Iraq to address all outstanding issues related to Kuwait, oil-for-food program contracts, and disarmament so it can cancel sanctions and dozens of resolutions adopted since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

The council made the call in a resolution Thursday that extended the U.N.'s civilian mission in Iraq for a year.

Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Hamid al-Bayati told the council Wednesday that "the most important issue facing Iraq ... remains to get rid of the burden" of resolutions that can be militarily enforced.