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[casi] Annan - A US Attack Outside the Council Would Violate the UN Charter



Source: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, press conference, 10 March 2003,
http://www.un.org/apps/sg/offthecuff.asp?nid=394
* See the full transcript for Annan's prepared remarks regarding war and
"great human suffering", potential "regional instability and economic
crises", how [war] can  as it often has before  lead to unintended
consequences producing new threats and new dangers", and more.

Excerpt:

[begin]

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, you said that an attack on Iraq without a second
Council resolution would not be legitimate. Would you consider it as a
breach of the UN Charter?

SG: I think that under today's world order, the Charter is very clear on
circumstances under which force can be used. I think the discussion going on
in the Council is to ensure that the Security Council, which is master of
its own deliberations, is able to pronounce itself on what happens. If the
US and others were to go outside the Council and take military action it
would not be in conformity with the Charter.

[end]

Nathaniel Hurd
NGO Consultant on United Nations' Iraq policy
Tel. (Mobile): 917-407-3389
Fax: 718-504-4224
Residential/Mailing Address:
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