downer says what we are all thinking ...

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    Hmmm ... but no one is likely to listen ...
    Sadly, the UN is more concerned about it's own survival which is under serious threat.

    UN risks becoming debating society
    From staff writers and correspondents in New York
    September 25, 2003

    THE United Nations risks becoming a debating society if it is not reformed, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today.

    Mr Downer has called for more permanent members on the Security Council / AFP

    Mr Downer, who addressed the UN in New York overnight, is advocating change as the US lobbies other nations for help in rebuilding Iraq.

    "It's got to be able to achieve the outcomes for the world in terms of the issues we're really confronting now - terrorism," he told Channel 9 this morning.

    "The United Nations has to be able to deliver for us on terrorism (and) the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

    "If it can't then ... it became more of a debating society as it frankly was for much of the Cold War."

    In his speech to the UN, Mr Downer said action should be taken against rogue states when multilateral diplomacy failed.

    His speech comes amid a split in the UN over the Iraq war and debate about the composition of the Security Council.

    He said collectivity should not serve as a mantra that is an obstacle to effective action.

    "Sometimes the most effective means of preserving security and indeed international law occur alongside the traditional mechanisms of multilateral diplomacy," Mr Downer said.

    "Australia is a strong supporter of multilateral institutions and processes but only insofar as they are a means to an effective end.

    "The major global disarmament and non-proliferation treaties remain critical to setting norms of international order, but ultimately those instruments must be enforced."

    Mr Downer defended Australia's involvement in the war against Iraq and in exercises with the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

    The PSI could lead to the interception of boats from North Korea suspected of smuggling weapons of mass destruction and other contraband.

    "States are not merely entitled but obliged to take action to uphold those norms, especially when the transfer of WMD outside internationally agreed frameworks is involved," Mr Downer said.

    "The conviction that states must uphold international norms, particularly in relation to WMD, led Australia to join the coalition to disarm Iraq in the same way we have recently joined with others in the Proliferation Security Initiative."


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