Sunday

UN: Diplomatic Balance of BKM

This actually went "unnoticed" yesterday...
"Ban arrived in Tel Aviv aboard a Qatar Airways flight!"
- a rare sight in Israel!

-New Update- This report just in:
Ban Visits Arafat's Grave, Meets Parents of Terrorists
I hope he is only trying to defuse this crisis...Diplomacy is listening to all concerned in a respectful way...However, terrorist acts are completely unacceptable, no matter who it is!
-Lgf says: "The United Nations: laying the foundations for another 50 years of misery."
...But we will see if Ban is trying to find a middle-ground, to end conflict.
Earlier: Some miss the (former) "Pontus-style" UN jabs... And for some, its the meddling and twisting of legal matters, in a seriously polarizing way. You won't find this with Ban Ki-Moon. He's busy listening, to develop changes...Today's example:
Reaction to the Iranian Hostage taking:
"It is up to each country to decide their borders," said Farhan Haq, a U.N. spokesman. "The United Nations does not draw borders. What the recognized borders are in that waterway is the decision of Iran and Iraq."
Note: This matter would change, in the event of HR violations.
Unfortunately, in the style of Iranian Regime: It doesn't look good.

I find it refreshing that this organization will have an opportunity to "reinvent" its intent & establish its word, amidst many changes needed.
Here are a few examples of UN changes "quasi-parliamentary" to my view... (
expressed by cfr.org)
There is a way to strengthen the Security Council, and it’s well understood by leaders in the U.N. system. Kemal Dervis, the dynamic Turkish boss of the United Nations Development Program, published a plan two years ago to abolish the Security Council vetoes and replace them with a system of weighted voting.

Prominent countries—those with large populations, large economies and large contributions to peacekeeping or other global public goods—would retain more say than less prominent ones; but no single country could hold the rest to ransom.

This would shift the Security Council from a diplomatic model to a quasi-parliamentary one: it would reward coalition-building and favor action. The rules of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund provide for weighted voting rather than vetoes, which is one reason both organizations work better than the United Nations.
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The wisdom in Harry Truman’s closing address to the United Nations’ founding conference 62 years ago has been appreciated anew:
“We all have to recognize, no matter how great our strength, that we must deny ourselves the license to do always as we please.”
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