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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

U.N. Chief Denies Making a "Grab for Power"

[b]U.N. Chief Denies Making a "Grab for Power"[/b]

by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b] United Nation, 23 November, (IPS):[/b] Responding to widespread criticism that he is bending over backwards to appease U.S. politicians and placate U.N.-bashing right-wing neoconservatives, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told delegates that all political decisions in the world body will continue to be made by member states, not by the U.N. Secretariat he presides over.

"We are not going to usurp your powers," he told a closed-door meeting of the 132-member Group of 77 (G77), the largest single coalition of developing nations.

"There has been a lot of misunderstandings and misapprehensions," Annan said, adding that he had no plans to marginalize the role of the 191-member General Assembly, take away its decision-making powers, or even "impose decisions on member states".

Contrary to speculation, he assured delegates, "this is not a grab for power".

Annan also denied that his chief of staff, Mark Malloch-Brown, who appeared before a U.S. Congressional committee last month, was reporting "directly to national parliaments on actions taken by the membership of the United Nations", as asserted by the G77.

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