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Wednesday 24 September 2003
 
Chirac at the UN
 
President Chirac Speaking to the UN General Assembly, President Jacques Chirac of France has emphasised the importance of a multilateral approach in world affairs. This report from Barnaby Mason:
 
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The argument over the Iraq war goes on. President Chirac said the war, undertaken without Security Council approval, had undermined the multilateral system. In remarks directed at the United States, he said no one could act alone in the name of everyone. No one could claim the right to use force unilaterally and pre-emptively.

Multilateralism was the key, Mr Chirac said, and it was a modern idea suited to complex global problems. Mr Chirac emphasised that transferring sovereignty to the Iraqis was essential though he set no deadline and he also talked about the gradual transfer of administrative and economic responsibilities according to a realistic timetable.

Mr Chirac called for far-reaching reform of the UN itself including the Security Council, echoing a theme laid out by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and he backed Mr Annan's idea of a high level panel to look at the challenges facing the UN and possible reform of its institutions.

Barnaby Mason, BBC
 
 
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undertaken without Security Council approval
 
which happened without the Security Council’s official permission
 
In remarks directed at the United States
 
In part of his speech aimed at the United States
 
no one could act alone in the name of everyone
 
no one could act alone on behalf of everyone
 
Multilateralism was the key
 
Involving many countries was the solution
 
a modern idea suited to complex global problems
 
a new idea good for difficult world problems
 
transferring sovereignty
 
giving the power to be an independent self-governing country
 
according to a realistic timetable
 
following a practical plan
 
far-reaching reform
 
significant changes
 
echoing a theme laid out by
 
repeating an idea explained by
 
a high level panel
 
a group of senior, influential people
 
 
 
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