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Diplomats Try to Reach Agreement on UN Reform Ahead of Summit

Diplomats at the United Nations are still working on a document calling for major reforms of the world body, as more than 170 presidents and prime ministers have begun arriving in New York for a summit.

Negotiations stretched into the early part of Tuesday morning, just 24 hours before the opening of the three-day summit Wednesday.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan laid out proposals for wide-ranging reforms earlier this year, including overhauling the U.N. management structure, creating a new human rights council to replace the Human Rights Commission, and a new Peacebuilding Commission to help nations emerging from war.

But the proposals have been met with stiff resistance by several member nations, and diplomats say it appears the best result will be a basic statement of principles that all 191 U.N. members can agree on.

The White House says President Bush will meet with Mr. Annan Tuesday, to discuss fighting terrorism, Iraq, AIDS, and spreading democracy.

Some information for this story provided by AFP.