The Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged world leaders to carry out “constructive” reform of the UN. He told the UN summit in New York considering a reform package that the process should “unite and not separate” the world community. He also urged his counterparts to fight against what he called criminal action.
“I’m sure that terrorism is the main danger for human rights and liberties, for the sustainable development of peoples and States,” he said. “That’s exactly why the UN and the Security Council must become the main coordinating center for international cooperation in the war against terror which has become an ideological successor to Nazism.”
Other leaders due to address the meeting later include Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. With two days to go the UN is putting a brave face on things, but it is far from a happy family, as the negotiations to forge this 60th anniversary package have driven a wedge of divisions between its members.