One most notable feature of Mr Boutros-Ghali's report on peace- keeping last month - made at the request of the Security Council summit in January - is the emphasis on the role and resources of the UN itself as an entity in its own right, not simply as an instrument of the big powers.
Apart from a UN military force under the direction of the Security Council but with the Secretary- General as Commander in Chief, he emphasised the importance of the General Assembly, in which all member states have a voice
and vote, and of non-governmental agencies, including public opinion.
This concept of the UN - an independent role and a broad public base - is surely more appropriate to today's world than a big power instrument, which was probably the most that was possible in 1945.
As far as I'm concerned, Mr Boutros-Ghali deserves our support, even if he is a bit clumsy in his dealings with ambassadors.
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