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UN may quit Australia
The Australian ^ | September 24, 2002 | Cameron Stewart

Posted on 09/23/2002 12:58:34 PM PDT by Dundee

UN may quit Australia

THE UN may close its Australian headquarters as part of sweeping reforms to the world body unveiled by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan early this morning.

The move would symbolise the end of an era for the UN in Australia – there has been an office in Sydney since 1948, when Ben Chifley was prime minister.

The decision to review the future of the UN's Australian headquarters comes as the world body is under pressure from Canberra to take a strong stand on Iraq.

Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer warned this month that the UN could go the way of the defunct League of Nations if the Security Council did not stand up to Saddam Hussein.

But the UN says any decision to close its Sydney office would be the result of financial pressures and a reorienting of priorities rather than because of friction with the Government.

The move would leave only the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra as the flag-bearer for the world body in Australia.

Early today Mr Annan proposed the most radical shake-up of the UN since 1997 to make the organisation more effective at a time when its very future is being questioned.

His report, An Agenda For Further Change, calls for a leaner, meaner UN with an increased focus on the issues of conflict prevention, the war against terrorism and the impact of globalisation.

Mr Annan's agenda calls for a stronger focus on human rights and for a "new impetus" on reform of the Security Council to make it more representative of global realities – a process which has all but stalled.

The UN's Under-Secretary-General for public information, Shashi Tharoor, told The Australian from New York that the UN would review the future of its Australian headquarters as part of a global shake-up of its offices.

He said no final decision would be made until next year, but said the budget of $US300,000 ($548,000) for the UN office in Sydney was insufficient for it to properly carry out its mandate. "We would need to gauge – can we find the resources," he said.

The UN's six-person Sydney office is responsible for informing government, the public and media about UN decisions and promoting the UN's agenda in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Its importance lies in its symbolism rather than its size.

"The office symbolically is a constant reminder that Australia is a founding member of the UN and that Australia is a country involved and engaged in international issues,' the director of the UN in Australia, Juan Carlos Brandt, said yesterday. "It would be a sad development (to close down)."

Mr Annan's reform package comes amid an ongoing financial crisis at the UN, where unpaid dues have reached $US2.11 billion.

Ironically Australia pays its dues in full and on time each year.

Mr Annan's report calls for a wholesale re-evaluation of the work the UN does.

"The organisation as a whole should be better focused – with fewer but more productive meetings, and fewer but more useful documents," the report says.


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But the UN says any decision to close its Sydney office would be the result of financial pressures and a reorienting of priorities rather than because of friction with the Government.

Either way, I don't care. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

1 posted on 09/23/2002 12:58:34 PM PDT by Dundee
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To: Dundee
How do we get 'em to quit the US?
2 posted on 09/23/2002 1:00:42 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands
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To: Dundee
Can they leave NYC while they're at it?
3 posted on 09/23/2002 1:01:29 PM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Dundee
It's a start. The UN should also move its corporate headquarters from the Eastside since they have to get out of their buildings anyway for renovation. They should just keep on going, perhaps to Baghdad or Grozny.
4 posted on 09/23/2002 1:02:16 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: Corin Stormhands
How do we get 'em to quit the US?

Perhaps a nice "donation" would help them decide. (It works with Gray Davis!)

5 posted on 09/23/2002 1:03:11 PM PDT by Redcloak
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To: Corin Stormhands
Stop repairs on their building, which was about to collapse.
6 posted on 09/23/2002 1:04:34 PM PDT by Man of the Right
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To: Corin Stormhands
Ignore them, bankrupt them, and play Spice Girls music in their building 24/7.
7 posted on 09/23/2002 1:06:18 PM PDT by Dundee
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To: jjm2111
Request that the U.S. Army field test one of the enormous Israeli D-9 bulldozers that it bought recently, and push the building into the East River. Preferably, when Gerhard Schroeder is addressing the General Assembly.
8 posted on 09/23/2002 1:07:40 PM PDT by Man of the Right
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To: Dundee
Tanks and loud music at UN headquarters in NY.
9 posted on 09/23/2002 1:15:57 PM PDT by FryingPan101
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To: Dundee
The day the UN leaves Australia should be marked as a national day of celebration down under.
10 posted on 09/23/2002 1:17:19 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Dundee
Hey, what are we ?Chopped liver?Quit us too, by gosh!!!Pleeease....,pretty please?!!!
11 posted on 09/23/2002 1:43:06 PM PDT by madrastex
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To: Brian Allen; madfly
,,, lucky Australia.
12 posted on 09/23/2002 1:50:06 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: madrastex
Hey, what are we ?Chopped liver?Quit us too, by gosh!!!Pleeease....,pretty please?!!!

LOL

No doubt!!

13 posted on 09/23/2002 1:54:31 PM PDT by Ladysmith
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To: Byron_the_Aussie; anapikoros; Banksia; 2sheep
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14 posted on 09/23/2002 1:54:53 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: Man of the Right
"Request that the U.S. Army field test one of the enormous Israeli D-9 bulldozers"

Good idea in principle. However, the D-9 is a good ole Caterpillar product.
15 posted on 09/23/2002 1:55:02 PM PDT by wretchard
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To: wretchard
Yep, and let's do a good job of it with a D-11.
16 posted on 09/23/2002 1:58:46 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: Dundee
play Spice Girls music in their building 24/7...

FIEND!

17 posted on 09/23/2002 2:00:14 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Dundee
Oh please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please leave!
18 posted on 09/23/2002 2:02:59 PM PDT by bfree
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To: Dundee
Maybe you guys can send them to Jakarta.
19 posted on 09/23/2002 2:17:11 PM PDT by steveegg
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To: Dundee
Lucky Aussie B***ards!!!
20 posted on 09/23/2002 2:30:08 PM PDT by PsyOp
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To: Dundee
"B***ards!!!"

= in this usage a term of envious endearment.
21 posted on 09/23/2002 2:31:28 PM PDT by PsyOp
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To: Dundee
QUIT US WHILE YOUR AT IT!
22 posted on 09/23/2002 2:32:13 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: Dundee
Now, if we can only get them to quit here.
23 posted on 09/23/2002 2:51:08 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Corin Stormhands
I really wonder if this is a face-saving press release and maybe the real story is "they quit the UN". It's worth checking out given the history of US relations in that country.
24 posted on 09/23/2002 3:00:41 PM PDT by TiaS
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To: Dundee
>>>UN may quit Australia

No fair, we asked first.

25 posted on 09/23/2002 3:16:47 PM PDT by patent
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To: Dundee
One time I played golf with a guy who worked for the UN. He was very good. I asked him how often he played. Three to five times a week he said. Its obvious the whole thing is a scam, and very little real work gets done, unless flapping your jaws is work.
26 posted on 09/23/2002 3:17:43 PM PDT by Russell Scott
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To: Dundee
Kofi put out a 34 page report today that is entitled: Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda for
further change (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=4809&Cr=annan&Cr1=reform)

I didn't go thru it all, but I got the feeling I was reading about the islamification of the UN.

I found this item interesting:

"In the eyes of much of the world, the size and composition of the Security Council appear insufficiently representative. The perceived shortcomings in the Council’s credibility contribute to
a slow but steady erosion of its authority, which in turn has grave implications for international peace and security. Thus, no reform of the United Nations would be complete without reform of the Security Council."



27 posted on 09/23/2002 3:32:23 PM PDT by debg
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To: debg
Thus, no reform of the United Nations would be complete without reform of the Security Council."

Translation: "How can the Security Council be used to counter US unilateralism if the US is allowed to remain a permanent member?"

28 posted on 09/23/2002 7:19:47 PM PDT by sam_paine
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To: Dundee
Pray tell, have your country's leader meet with my country's leader! We cannot get rid of that U.N. vermin quick enough!
29 posted on 09/23/2002 8:45:23 PM PDT by Issaquahking
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To: PsyOp
Can we get rid of the pestilence on the East River too pleeeeeeease? pretty please? and make them take BJ and Hitlary? Please please please? Lucky Aussies!
30 posted on 09/23/2002 8:49:51 PM PDT by CARepubGal
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To: PsyOp
Can we get rid of the pestilence on the East River too pleeeeeeease? pretty please? and make them take BJ and Hitlary? Please please please? Lucky Aussies!
31 posted on 09/23/2002 8:49:51 PM PDT by CARepubGal
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To: Dundee
What a lucky break for Australia.
32 posted on 09/23/2002 8:50:37 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Man of the Right
Rename the buildings "World Trade Center II" and then stand back and watch.
33 posted on 09/23/2002 9:01:34 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: shaggy eel; Dundee; madfly; Byron_the_Aussie
<< ... lucky Australia ... >>

Yair.

How'd The Lucky Country get its name, again?

And -- oh that they'd clear out FRom My America while the Evil lying, looting, gangster bastards are on the move!
34 posted on 09/24/2002 1:50:56 PM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: shaggy eel
Good riddance!!
35 posted on 09/26/2002 7:08:54 AM PDT by anapikoros
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