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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

What is the UN Purpose?

should the United Nations have more authority and capacity to intervene in events taking place within the borders of a single state? Take events in Darfur, for example: should the UN be able to send in troops without the consent of the Sudanese government?

I think this question comes down to the beliefs of each country. The Sudanese government does not want the United Nations to invade because they have a different plan to run the government. The United Nations was set up to be a democratic peace keeping establishment. So if one gave the United Nations the power to send in troops to Darfur without the permission of the Sudanese government then that would be an invasion. How would that be different from the Nazi Government invading Poland? Then, what will stop the UN? Why don’t they just invade all of Africa or maybe takeover over the world?
Thus, the United Nations should not be able to send troops into Darfur simply because that was not what the United Nations was established to do. Here is an excerpt from the UN Constitution stating its purpose,
1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
The United Nations Charter PREAMBLE TO THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS.13 Sept. 2006

Now one can see that the Sudanese government is not complying with section 3 however the UN can provide a place for peace keeping talks and that is it.
This might come down to the fact that the UN has no official power other than peace keeping mediation. If they what to establish a military force then one country should make a proposal and then the others should ratify it. That is how the UN works.


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