The United Nations will continue playing an important role in world politics, but it probably will be a slightly different role than it played in the recent Persian Gulf war, according to the Australian ambassador to the United Nations.

Dr. Peter Wilenski said the U.N. action in the Persian Gulf war was what the organization was designed to do when it was established after World War II, stopping aggression when one country invades another as Iraq invaded Kuwait.Speaking to the World Trade Association of Utah in the Riverboat, Wilenski said that in the future the United Nations will deal with a country's internal problems, possibly caused by religious differences or outside influence. The U.N. role will be to stop the fighting and then maintain a peace-keeping force.

For many years, the United Nations lacked support from many Americans because of its inability to get things done, Wilenski said, but the organization was thrust into the limelight by the Persian Gulf war and support has been increasing. Wilenski said passage of the economic sanctions, the resolution on using force if Iraq didn't leave Kuwait, and the actual use of force resulted in greater support for the United Nations.