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UN in need of reform, says new General Assembly President

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 09:26

United Nations: The 64th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly was today formally opened by its new President Ali Treki who called for the reform "to
regain the legitimacy" of the world body.

Treki, former Libyan foreign minister opened the session by inviting 192 member-states to observe a minute of "silence or meditation."

In his first address as head of the GA, Treki noted the need to reform the Security Council and increase its membership.
"The balance of equitable relations is of great importance," he said, pointing out that member-states from Africa and Latin America, despite their large presence in the
world-body, had no representation in the Council.

"The United Nations is in need of reform and need of democratisation," he said.

"The General Assembly must be reformed to regain its international legitimacy, and to make its voice more heard and to make its resolution more respected," Treki said.

The new president also underlined the urgency to address the root causes of terrorism.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 09:26

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