Call for UN to act

WELLINGTON – Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has accused the UN Security Council of paralysis and impotence, saying it is time for actions in the world’s war zones.

Addressing the general assembly in New York yesterday morning, Mr McCully made an impassioned plea for New Zealand to win a seat on the security council.

He highlighted problems in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, as well as Syria and Iraq, and said the latter was a challenge unlike any the UN had faced before.

“By any objective standard, this is a situation that cries out for security council attention, and that is true of both sides of the border,” he said.

Mr McCully also said New Zealand should be elected to the security council because it championed the rights of small states and would be a credible, positive influence.

Members will decide who will win a two-year term on the council in 18 days’ time.