Friday, October 20, 2006

Kofi Annan's Legacy

The only thing Kofi Annan will be remembered by is his being the first black African to be the Secretary General of the United Nations. But this organisations has had many shortcomings with other precedent General Secretaries. Many resolutions were passed without finding their way to implementation. The UN should be accountable only through the Security Council whose permanent members bear responsibility for many current situations in the world through their vetoes or conspiracy of silence.

As any UN General Secretary must first be approved by the Security Council permanent members, Kofi Annan should be judged on how effective he was in relation to currents international crises that he inherited like the Middle East crisis or those that came about during his term like the Iraq and Iran crises.

His being outspoken on many issues isn't enough. The UN needs teeth to enforce its policies. Statements are easy to make even by members of the public who are inexperienced in politics.

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