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UN Ban Ki-moon's Deeply Demoralized Organization
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Dubai(WAM)—-By any yardstick, the head of the United Nations faces a daunting and thankless task, opined a major UAE English daily newspaper.

Editorially commenting on Jan. 5 on the international organization , the Gulf News said many problems are awaitng UN's newly-arrived chief.

"The in-tray has the problems of the world," remarked the paper adding that "the organization is chronically short of cash, its members are far from united, the security council represents an old world order and even if successful in the new job the organization will get the credit, not the secretary-general." "But allowing for this, Ban Ki-Moon, who has been secretary-general for less than a week, has made a less than glorious star," remarked the paper.

"He did not seem to realize the UN is against capital punishment in comments he made after the hanging of Saddam Hussain, and there are allegations of sex abuse by UN forces in Sudan that must be urgently addressed," it added.

The paper went on to say that Ban's candidacy was agreed upon by the major powers "because he was considered a safe pair of hands." "But now Ban must start showing leadership qualities to deal with the stress fractures of a post-Saddam world." "He has got to stamp his authority on an organisation that is deeply demoralized, give it direction and a renewed purpose and make the UN relevant again." "Knowing what the UN stands for would be a start," concluded the Gulf News.






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