Germany welcomes UN reform report

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3 December 2004 , NEW DELHI - Germany has joined Brazil, India and Japan in welcoming the report of a high-level international panel on reforms in the United Nations, saying it had created new momentum in the ongoing debate.

3 December 2004

NEW DELHI - Germany has joined Brazil, India and Japan in welcoming the report of a high-level international panel on reforms in the United Nations, saying it had created new momentum in the ongoing debate.

This came in the wake of France and Germany teaming up to pledge their support for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead the United Nations after the international panel submitted the blueprint to reform the 59-year-old organisation. 

French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who met on Thursday in a German city for regular consultations, issued a statement to support Annan.

"They have made a common statement of support to Kofi Annan," German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger told reporters at UN headquarters in New York Pleuger said.

"They have welcomed the report of the high level panel and they have pledged support for his work and to support his proposals to reform the United Nations," he said. 

Annan has been asked by US Senator Norm Coleman to step down after alleging mismanagement in the oil-for-food programme, a UN humanitarian scheme to assist the Iraqis from 1996 to 2003. Coleman is conducting a Senate investigation on the programme.  

The panel considering UN reforms, constituted by  Annan, on Thursday officially presented its report recommending sweeping changes in the structure, functioning and focus of the UN.

In a joint statement by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, issued on Friday in New Delhi by India's External Affairs Ministry, made some preliminary observations on the report, but said they would consider it thoroughly before commenting.

The statement said the four countries agreed with the issues the panel had focused on: social and economic threats including poverty and environmental degradation; inter-state and internal conflict, including genocide; radiological, chemical and biological weapons; terrorism and transnational organized crime.

The statement approved of the importance the panel placed on institutional reform as an essential tool to address many of these issues.

Development issues were closely linked to global security, the statement said. "Perceptions of injustice due to extreme poverty and lack of opportunity to improve living conditions often provide fertile breeding grounds for terrorism, civil unrest and, intra-state and inter-state conflict."

It said all countries - both developed and developing - should therefore make joint efforts to effectively promote development.

The four countries also said they would "carefully consider" the criteria developed by the panel on the issue of legality and legitimacy in the use of force.

Calling for a comprehensive approach, the countries agreed with the panel that development and security were closely linked.

"An effective multilateral system is essential to cope with the challenges of today's world. No individual state can protect itself from global threats, let alone find sustainable solutions. Therefore, a common understanding is needed on the future of security and the necessary institutional reforms," the statement said.

It added that Brazil, Germany, India and Japan would actively participate in the efforts towards more effective policies and in adapting the UN system to the realities of today's world.


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