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Miércoles, 24 de septiembre de 2003 - 17:47 GMT
Chirac ante la ONU
Presidente Jacques Chirac
Chirac favorece el 'multilateralismo'

Speaking to the UN General Assembly, President Jacques Chirac of France has emphasised the importance of a multilateral approach in world affairs. This report from Barnaby Mason:

The argument over the Iraq war goes on. President Chirac said the war, undertaken without Security Council approval, had undermined the multilateral system.

In remarks directed at the United States, he said no one could act alone in the name of everyone. No one could claim the right to use force unilaterally and pre-emptively.

Multilateralism was the key, Mr Chirac said, and it was a modern idea suited to complex global problems. Mr Chirac emphasised that transferring sovereignty to the Iraqis was essential though he set no deadline and he also talked about the gradual transfer of administrative and economic responsibilities according to a realistic timetable.

Mr Chirac called for far-reaching reform of the UN itself including the Security Council, echoing a theme laid out by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and he backed Mr Annan's idea of a high level panel to look at the challenges facing the UN and possible reform of its institutions.

Barnaby Mason, BBC

undertaken without Security Council approval
realizado sin aprobación del Consejo de Seguridad

In remarks directed at the United States
en declaraciones dirigidas a Estados Unidos

no one could act alone in the name of everyone
nadie puede actuar solo en nombre de todos

Multilateralism was the key
la clave sería involucrar a varios países

a modern idea suited to complex global problems
una idea moderna que puede ser aplicada para resolver complejos problemas globales

transferring sovereignty
transferir la soberanía

according to a realistic timetable
de acuerdo con un calendario realista

far-reaching reform
reforma significativa

echoing a theme laid out by
haciendo eco de un tema propuesto por

a high level panel
un grupo de alto nivel



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