Ban vows re­form at United Na­tions, says Iraq is ‘whole world’s prob­lem’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Joseph Curl

New U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 16 pledged to com­plete much-needed re­forms at the United Na­tions and urged all na­tions to make ef­forts to se­cure Iraq, say­ing the war-torn na­tion “is the whole world’s prob­lem.”

Meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Bush in the Oval Of­fice, the South Korean vowed to tackle the world’s most press­ing is­sues — Iraq, the Mid­dle East, Su­dan, Le­banon, So­ma­lia and North Korea.

Af­ter­ward, speak­ing with re­porters, Mr. Ban promised to re­vamp the trou­bled or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has been a sore point with the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The United Na­tions should change with much more ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness and mo­bil­ity, and high­est level of eth­i­cal stan­dard,” he said. “I’m very much com­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out this re­form and I need strong sup­port of all mem­ber states and staff of the United Na­tions in car­ry­ing th­ese re­form mea­sures.”

The Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion has long com­plained that U.N. bu­reau­cracy has com­pro­mised the on­ce­ef­fec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion, and dis­patched staunch critic John R. Bolton to New York to ad­dress its con­cerns. Dur­ing the run-up to the Iraq war, Mr. Bush said the body was tee­ter­ing on the brink of ir­rel­e­vancy, but in more re­cent times

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Kelli Rohrig skies down one of the steep runs in Beaver, Colo. on Jan. 17.

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