U.N. must change with the times

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

The United Nations' increasing mightlessness in a world where terrorism is becoming a growing threat against international peace and stability became evident in connection with the Iraq war. The United States and Britain decided to act on their own. Only afterward, the United Nations entered the stage.

The debate it initiated and a series of nations' desire to get a seat on the Security Council, prompted calls for reform.

In December, a report will recommend not only to expand the number of the permanent members of the Security Council, but also the number of non-permanent members with veto rights.

It must be said that it is time that the United Nations kept its role as a peacekeeping and conflict-solving organization.

The Security Council must increasingly reflect that the world has changed. It must be readjusted to mirror that the Cold War is over and another one has started: the war against terror.

Oct. 11

Jyllands-Posten (Aarhus, Denmark)

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