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Annan Faults Both Sides of Terror War for Eroding Rule of Law

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will tell the 191-member U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that the rule of law in the post-Sept. 11 world has been eroded both by the United States and by other nations as they battle terrorism, and by Islamic extremists and their horrific acts of violence, according to senior U.N. officials. The U.N. chief’s remarks will be delivered less than an hour before President Bush addresses the international body, and will come just days after Annan said publicly he considers the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq illegal. But Annan’s top aides insisted that he is not seeking to rehash the dispute over the war’s legitimacy. “Stirring things up is not his stock in trade,” said a senior U.N. official who briefed reporters on Annan’s speech. “He is much more concerned about the future of Iraq.” Full Story

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