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UN must reform or die, says Rice

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said the UN cannot "survive as a vital force" if it does not reform.

 

Ms Rice told journalists in the US that everyone recognised that some things in the UN needed to be fixed.

 

She said John Bolton, a long-time critic of the UN and nominated as the next US ambassador to the body, would help update, reform and strengthen it.

 

Her comments come as the UN is embroiled in a scandal over corruption in its oil-for-food programme for Iraq.

 

It has also been dogged by accusations of sexual abuse committed by UN peacekeepers in Africa.

 

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accepted that change is urgently needed, and has proposed a series of sweeping reforms.

 

'Not so great'

 

Speaking to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, Ms Rice said: "As important an institution as it is, one has to say that there are some things that are not so great about the United Nations right now.

 

 

It is no secret to anyone that the United Nations cannot survive as a vital force in international politics if it does not reform

Condoleezza Rice

US Secretary of State

 

 

 

"Everybody recognises that, and we've got to fix it.

 

"It is no secret to anyone that the United Nations cannot survive as a vital force in international politics if it does not reform."

 

Ms Rice said Mr Bolton, who has pledged to work to improve UN accountability and has complained of overlapping programmes and mandates, was needed to help update and reform the organisation.

 

Mr Bolton has said that the UN needs US leadership to get it back on track, and that it should focus more on human rights violations and international terrorism.

 

Ms Rice's remarks were one of the sharpest attacks to date on the UN by a senior member of the Bush administration, says the BBC's Michael Voss in New York.

 

 

 

 

Relations between Washington and Mr Annan have been strained since the UN Security Council failed to back the US-led war in Iraq, and more recently over revelations about corruption in the oil-for-food programme.

 

The $60bn (£32bn) programme allowed Saddam Hussein's Iraq to sell oil in order to buy civilian goods and ease the impact of UN sanctions imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

 

US Senate investigators have alleged that the Iraqi regime received some $4bn (£2.13bn) in illegal payments from oil companies involved in the programme.

 

 

 

 

Another $14bn (£7.5bn) allegedly came from "sanctions-busting" - the illegal sale of oil to neighbouring states such as Jordan and Turkey.

 

Tensions were further heightened on Friday after the secretary-general suggested that the US and Britain may have closed their eyes to the oil smuggling. Washington and London both deny any impropriety.

BBC NEWS 4/16/05

 

Are UN reforms on the way?

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Are UN reforms on the way?

 

They were regardless of Rice's grandstanding or Bolton's nomination.

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There have been many reforms proposed in the last few years, and some minor reforms have taken place. there still needs to be a lot change in all aspects of the UN though, i believe, in the security council, in the missions, in all areas.

 

"It is no secret to anyone that the United Nations cannot survive as a vital force in international politics if it does not reform."

 

for once i agree with rice. if they do not clean up their act, they will not survive. you could argue that this is either bad or good, we all have our opinions. mine is that fundamental, the UN is good. it was a good idea. but unless it drasically changes, its on a very fast downward spiral.

 

 

Ms Rice said Mr Bolton, who has pledged to work to improve UN accountability and has complained of overlapping programmes and mandates, was needed to help update and reform the organisation.

bur mr. bolton is not the answer to improve the UN

he hates the UN:BB

when you hate something, do you make it better or try to help it? i don't think so!! we need real change, advocated by all members of the UN. together they can make the un and the world a better place

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