Departing head of UN attacks Bush’s ‘war on terror’

By David Usborne in The Independent

Kofi Annan, the outgoing UN secretary general, has delivered a barely disguised broadside against President George Bush in his last major speech before leaving office at the end of the month.

He suggested that in the “war on terror”, President Bush had ridden roughshod over the international community and compromised America’s respect for human rights. Mr Annan made plain his concern that the United States had allowed its status as the world’s sole superpower, coupled with its desire to protect itself against terrorists, to undermine its historical commitment to multilateralism.

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