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UN 'must evolve' to tackle terror threat

Britain will on Tuesday set out its thinking for radical reform of the United Nations, calling for stronger action against weapons of mass destruction, swifter intervention in humanitarian crises and an overhaul of bureaucracy. In a speech in New York, Bill Rammell, a UK foreign office minister, will warn that the UN is at risk of failing in its role unless it evolves to tackle the threat posed by international terrorism and failing states. The UK is concerned that Washington, where some in the Bush administration are critical of the UN, may be less inclined to use it in future to resolve foreign policy crises following failure to get broad support for military action in Iraq. London thinks wide reforms are necessary if the UN is to remain the main forum for collective international action. Mr Rammell’s comments come ahead of submissions by Britain and the European Union this autumn to a panel set up by Kofi Annan, the secretary-general, which will consider what changes are needed. Full Story

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