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INTRO: The United Nations General Assembly began a debate today (Monday) in New York on the goals of the world organization but the session was dominated by talk of fighting international terrorism. V-O-A Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations.
TEXT: U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan opened the session with a call for strengthening ties among nations in a cooperative struggle against terrorism.
No effort should be spared in bringing the perpetrators to justice in a clear and transparent process that all can understand and accept. Let us uphold our own principles and standards so that we can make the difference unmistakable, for all the world to see, between those who resort to terrorism and those who fight it.
Mr. Annan said the United Nations is the natural forum in which to build a universal coalition against terrorism.
U-S representative Cameron Hume noted that, next Monday, (10-1) the General Assembly will begin a special session to discuss terrorism.
We look forward to this discussion which we hope will help promote unity of purpose and strong steps that the U-N can take to combat terror. The U-N must play an international role in marshalling the international community's long-term efforts to defeat this scourge.
The session Monday was held in place of the so-called "general debate" that was to have featured more than 70 world leaders. That session was postponed so as to avoid putting additional stress on New York police who would have provided security for the heads-of-state. (Signed)
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