- Annan: U.N. Needs Thorough Overhaul (BBC News)
"UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged governments to endorse sweeping reforms of the organisation."
"They include enlarging the Security Council, setting out rules on when it can authorise military force, and an agreed definition of terrorism."
"The proposals are contained in a report aimed at ensuring that the United Nations remains at the heart of the world's security system."
" 'We will not enjoy development without security, we will not enjoy security without development, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights,' he said."
The word "authorise" is spelled "authorize" in the United States. 3-05
- Annan: U.S. Invasion of Iraq Illegal (Guardian Unlimited)
"The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, declared explicitly for the first time last night that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal.Mr Annan said that the invasion was not sanctioned by the UN security council or in accordance with the UN's founding charter."
"No immediate comment was available from the White House late last night, but American officials have defended the war as an act of self-defence, allowed under the UN charter, in view of Saddam Hussein's supposed plans to build weapons of mass destruction."
"However, last September, Mr Annan issued a stern critique of the notion of pre-emptive self-defence, saying it would lead to a breakdown in international order. Mr Annan last night said that there should have been a second UN resolution specifically authorising war against Iraq. Mr Blair and Mr Straw tried to secure this second resolution early in 2003 in the run-up to the war but were unable to convince a sceptical security council."
"Mr Annan said the security council had warned Iraq in resolution 1441 there would be "consequences" if it did not comply with its demands. But he said it should have been up to the council to determine what those consequences were." 9-04
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for 2001 (BBC News)
Describes why the United Nations and its Secretary General, Kofi Annan, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001.