War on Terrorism: Annan: UN Must Have Role in Fight against Terrorism ; United Nations
Penketh, Anne, The Independent (London, England)
KOFI ANNAN, the secretary general of the United Nations, yesterday issued a forceful reminder to Washington that the UN was the sole legitimate body that could build a global coalition against terrorism.
But apparently recognising that the United States intended to act alone without a specific mandate in the coming days against Afghanistan, Mr Annan concentrated on the UN's long-term role in fighting terrorism in a speech to the 189-nation UN General Assembly. "This organisation is the natural forum in which to build... a universal coalition," Mr Annan said. "It alone can give global legitimacy to the long-term struggle against terrorism."
Britain and the US have ruled out seeking UN Security Council authorisation for military action against Afghanistan, whose Taliban rulers have refused to extradite Osama bin Laden. Mr bin Laden has been named as the prime suspect in the attacks.
A Foreign Office spokesman said Britain believed that a UN Security Council resolution adopted after the attacks on America provided sufficient cover for military action. That resolution expressed the 15-nation council's readiness "to take all necessary steps" and called on all states to work together to bring the perpetrators to justice. The US, meanwhile, says its military riposte would be covered by a self-defence provision in the UN charter.
The US and British reluctance about returning to the council for a UN mandate appears to stem from their most recent experience. Veto- wielding countries such as Russia and China complicated efforts to obtain swift UN authorisation for the 1999 NATO military campaign in Kosovo.
Mr Annan, seeing his organisation confined to the …
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Publication information: Article title: War on Terrorism: Annan: UN Must Have Role in Fight against Terrorism ; United Nations. Contributors: Penketh, Anne - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 25, 2001. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.