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Russian Foreign Minister: UN must halt Iraq war - and be reformed

[JURIST] The Russian ITAR-TASS news agency reports Wednesday on a speech by Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov to the Upper House of the Russian Parliament calling for UN action on Iraq and the need to reform UN institutions in the wake of the war if the organization is to survive:

Russia will call for "an immediate end to the hostilities in Iraq and for the resumption of the discussion within the United Nations of ways to normalize the situation in that country in keeping with the corresponding resolutions....The majority of Council members," he presumes, will express their indignation at the war in Iraq". It is the duty of the Security Council to assess the U.S. and British actions against Iraq, Ivanov stated.

"The reform of the United Nations," he added, "is ripe and necessary, but the backing of the majority of U.N. members is required to implement it". Otherwise, he noted, "the organization is bound to split up". In the minister's opinion, it is necessary to increase the number of permanent members of the U.N. Security Council by five more countries so that it would reflect the actually existing global balance of forces". According to Ivanov, not only Germany, Japan and India should be represented on the Council, but also delegates from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Read the complete ITAR-TASS wire story.

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