Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Goff at the UN

Phil Goff's speech to the UN General Assembly is here. Nothing groundbreaking - just the usual appeals for reform of the Security Council, the elimination of agricultural subsidies, support for international action on Darfur and for the ICC as a means of bringing errant governments to justice, and for a just solution in Palestine.

The fly in the ointment is an announcement of support for the Interim Iraqi Authority. Yes, we've gone on the record as supporting a regime which uses torture. We shouldn't be doing that; we should be pointing out that their human rights record isn't a great improvement on Saddam's, and hoping that the upcoming elections (if they happen) will see them replaced with a better regime. Undiplomatic, but someone needs to be saying it.