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UN General Assembly Meeting Likely to be Postponed

It now seems likely that the United Nations General Assembly will delay its annual "general debate" because of the ongoing terror crisis in New York.

More than 70 heads of state, including U.S. President George W. Bush, were scheduled to attend this year's session that was set to open on September 24. The general debate provides them with the opportunity to make major speeches and hold meetings with each other.

Normally, the annual event requires the participation of thousands of New York City police who provide security for the world leaders. However, U.N. officials are concerned about diverting police at a time when they are needed to cope with the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

General Assembly President Han Seung-soo of South Korea has held a round of meetings to discuss rescheduling the general debate and a decision is expected by Wednesday. Diplomats say there is now little doubt that the event will be postponed to later in the year.

Last week, the General Assembly decided to postpone a three-day special session on child welfare that had been scheduled to begin next Wednesday September 19.