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    2009 to be a difficult year for world community: Ban

    United Nations (PTI): Underlining that the UN is facing difficulties to get troops for its peacekeeping operations, its chief Ban Ki-moon has warned that new year will be a difficult one with the world facing multiple crisis.

    The continuing global crisis, worsening human rights situation in Afghanistan, stalled Middle East peace problem and possibility of Somalia degenerating into anarchy are some of the major and complex issues which would need urgent attention, he said.

    Besides, he said the UN was frustrated by the lack of international community's political will to find resources to fight poverty, conflicts and climate change.

    Addressing a year-end press conference yesterday, Ban said that despite piracy threatening merchant shipping off Somalia, no country was prepared to lead a multinational force to stabilize the lawless country with no functioning government in 17 years.

    Ban said that he had contacted more than 50 countries but none gave an encouraging reply and received only lukewarm responses from a few.

    He also expressed doubt about the success of the peacekeeping operation in Somalia as envisaged by the United States, saying that there was no peace to keep and what country needs was a peace enforcing operation.

    While praising the international community's response to the natural disasters, he was highly critical of Myanmar military junta for its failure to deliver on promises for a democratic dialogue and release of political prisoners.


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