- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

NEW YORK U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday took to the airwaves to tell Americans that the United Nations is active in the fight against terrorism.
Mr. Annan, who is short-listed for the Nobel Peace Prize to be announced today, repeated his assurances that the U.S.-led bombing campaign over Afghanistan has the approval of the Security Council.
He also stressed that the United Nations is playing a humanitarian role by delivering more than 1,000 tons a day of food and other humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
The international organization is a place where nations can synchronize their anti-terrorism laws, Mr. Annan said, as well as share information and work together "to make the lives of terrorists even more difficult."
"We either cooperate in this struggle and win, or we don't win at all," he told a college dean in Tampa, Fla. "By denying them shelters across borders, by seeing that they don't use a legitimate banking system, denying them support that is the only way we will defeat terrorism."
The unusual forum was organized by Ted Turner's Better World Fund, and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the U.N. Association of the United States of America.
The event, staged one month after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, was moderated by Walter Cronkite. It could be seen on streaming video on the Better World Web site.
Mr. Annan took questions about terrorism from leading citizens in 10 U.S. cities, many of them appearing on stages draped with the American flag. He assured a ski resort operator in Colorado that the U.S.-led aerial bombing over Afghanistan has the authorization of the Security Council.
In response to a question from Atlanta, he praised President Bush and other leaders for trying to curb an anti-Islamic backlash. And he reassured the Missouri sister of a U.N. worker in Angola who asked whether AIDS programs for Africa would be lost in the sudden fight against terrorism.


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