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UN reform plans meet mixed reaction

[JURIST] Reaction to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's In Larger Freedom report [official text; JURIST report] outlining his plans to reform the UN has been mixed. Annan is calling for an expanded Security Council membership, the establishment of a new Human Rights Council to replace the current Commission on Human Rights, clarification on the use of military force, a condemnation of all forms of terrorism, and several other management reforms. Countries including Canada, Britain, and France are praising the report, but the US, while pledging its cooperation, has criticized some elements of the plan. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the US is skeptical [State Department press briefing] of the report's call for a Security Council resolution on the use of force and preemptive action. Algeria has also expressed its doubts about the likelihood of enacting of the proposed reforms, predicting that reaching agreement on a definition of terrorism and the creation of a new human rights body will be very difficult. Reuters has more. Annan is planning to lobby world leaders for their support during the next six months so that the reform package can be approved at a September summit at UN headquarters. The UN News Service has more.

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