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UPDATED: 09:12, February 28, 2006
Annan calls on U.S. to support draft on new UN council
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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the United States on Monday to support a draft resolution on the establishment of the Human Rights Council.

"Although not everyone is happy, the new draft is the best we can get after months of intensive negotiations," Annan said at a press conference held in the Palace of Nations.

Annan, currently on a visit to the UN Office in Geneva, said the new draft resolution had taken into accounts concerns of all the UN member states and it contains "enough good elements" for all the members to accept.

He expressed hope that the U.S. government would look at the new draft seriously and join the vast majority of UN members in promoting its adoption.

At the press conference, the UN chief also urged UN member states to adopt the new resolution as quickly as possible.

"I really hope a decision could be made on the new resolution by the end of this week," he said.

World leaders agreed at a UN summit in September, 2005 to create a new Human Rights Council to replace the existing 53- member Commission on Human Rights, as part of the UN reforms.

UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson presented the new draft resolution on the establishment of the new body last week in a fresh bid to smooth differences between the developed and developing countries.

The latest text of the draft resolution is the product of many months' efforts to reach consensus among member states.

Source: Xinhua

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