The United States will take what he calls a "leading role" in protecting Iraqi antiquities and helping restore damage to artifacts at Iraq's National Museum, which was hit by looting late last week.
Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters in Washington on Monday that the United States recognizes its obligations and will be working with a number of individuals and organizations on the issue.
Groups of protesters in Baghdad have been venting their anger at the looting of the city and the museum. Some protesters blame US troops for not cracking down on the civilian lawbreakers.
Iraqi police and U-S troops Monday jointly patrolled the streets in Baghdad to restore order after days of looting.
Hundreds of Iraqi policemen were back at work in the capital after responding to coalition calls for local help in keeping the peace.
Baghdad is slowly returning to normal, with buses running and traffic jams. Iraqis who fled the city during coalition bombing are returning, and some stores and vegetable stalls have reopened.
US officials are working to put Iraqis back to work in various key sectors. Along with police, Iraqi health workers and electricity and water ministry employees have been registering for jobs.
Baghdad's hospital system is still seriously affected by a lack of water and power. Medical facilities were also hit hard by looters. U-S cargo planes began airlifting medical supplies and other equipment to Baghdad late last week.
In the south in Basra, the country's second-biggest city, local police are working alongside British troops to restore order, following last week's wave of looting.