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UN Wire - Annan Criticizes NATO For Acting Apart From UN
September 9, 1999
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has "made known his strong reservations" about NATO attacks on Yugoslavia and US and UK bombings of Iraq, which were carried out without UN approval. In his annual report to UN members, Annan "deplores the failures of preventive diplomacy in such cases," the Financial Times reports. Annan: "As a consequence, the international community today confronts unprecedented humanitarian challenges." Annan also noted that attention to Kosovo has meant that "equally or more serious crises in other parts of the world have been largely ignored," including "the more protracted and deadly war between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the resumption of Angola's savage civil war" (Michael Littlejohns, Financial Times, 9 Sep).
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