Friday, November 19, 2004

Chirac Calls for 'New World Order'

'Logic of power' will lead to crisis in world affairs, Chirac says in London
Agence France-Presse
November 19, 2004

LONDON - Jacques Chirac yesterday called for a new world order based on multilateralism and appealed to the United States and Europe to "rally together" to promote peace in the Middle East. The French President warned that a world ruled by "the logic of power" is certain to be unstable and headed for conflict. Mr. Chirac -- in London to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, a diplomatic agreement ending centuries of warfare between Britain and France -- has been an outspoken critic of the decision by the United States, Britain and a handful of others to invade Iraq without UN approval. He said a "sounder and fairer" international order would emerge through a collective approach, rather than a world based on might. "Granted, it is still possible to organize the world based on a logic of power," Mr. Chirac said. "Yet experience has taught us that this type of organization is, by its very definition, unstable and sooner or later leads to crisis or conflict." Mr. Chirac said the world community "must work together to revive multilateralism, a multilateralism based on a reformed and strengthened United Nations."