Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Annan tells world leaders to respect law

United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan has made an impassioned plea to bring about the rule of law across the globe today. Mr Annan told world leaders to respect international law at home and abroad.

In a grim summary of the bloodshed in the Middle East, Sudan and Iraq, he opened the annual debate at the United Nations with an appeal for humankind to protect innocent civilians around the world.

"History will judge us very harshly if we let ourselves be deflected from this task or think we are excused from it by invocations of national sovereignty."

"It is by rigorously upholding international law that we can and must fulfil our responsibility to protect innocent civilians from genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes," Mr Annan said.

Mr Annan has said he would like the rule of law to be a central topic of this year's two week meeting.

More than 90 heads of state and government are attending the meeting.


By Just Us and No War 22 September 04


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