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Annan to Present Major UN Reforms to General Assembly


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will formally present Monday a report that calls for major reforms of the world body.

Among changes Mr. Annan will call for during a speech to the General Assembly is expanding the Security Council from its current 15 members, which includes five permanent seats - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia. If the Council expands, India, Brazil, Germany and Japan are among nations wanting to be added as permanent members.

Another proposal is the creation of a smaller human rights panel to replace the current Commission on Human Rights. The commission has been criticized for allowing some accused human rights abusers to use their membership to protect each other from condemnation.

Calls for U.N. reform have increased in recent years, fueled in part by financial scandal in the Iraq oil-for-food program, and the U.S. decision to invade Iraq without Security Council approval.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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