NEWS: Germany wants world to coordinate on child abuse

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Wed, 23 Sep 1998 05:41:52 -0700 (PDT)


02:48 PM ET 09/22/98

Germany wants world to coordinate on child abuse
         
            By Evelyn Leopold
            UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Klaus
Kinkel called Tuesday for the United Nations to coordinate a
global effort to fight child sex abuse, child prostitution and
child pornography.
            In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Kinkel also
said Germany would remain in the vanguard of international
campaigns to protect the environment.
            ``But talking about it is not enough. Only if we act
together will we survive together,'' he said, repeating his
statement for emphasis.
            Kinkel said it was appalling that at least two million
children a year were abused and that child pornography had
proliferated on the Internet.
            The United Nations has a special coordinator for children in
war zones, former Ugandan foreign minister Olara Otunnu, as well
as the large U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF). But Kinkel
apparently felt that more efforts had to be made.
            ``I therefore propose that the United Nations set up a
contact point to coordinate worldwide efforts to eradicate
sexual abuse of children,'' he told the assembly.
            ``Children are small people who need big rights,'' he said.
            ``Only through joint action can we stop child prostitution,
traffic in children and child pornography, including that
proliferated via the Internet,'' he said.
            Kinkel also advocated a global refugee policy to make sure
those driven from their homes were ``adequately distributed,''
noting that Germany had 150,000 refugees from the Yugoslav
province of Kosovo alone. He said poor countries could not by
themselves deal with an overwhelming influx of refugees.
            ``Striking at the root of mass flight and migration also
means eliminating the economic, ecological and social causes,''
he said.
            Turning to Bosnia, Kinkel said NATO and other troops could
should not leave, adding that the international community would
not tolerate any reversal of the peace agreement. He said that
genuine peace would not be achieved until war criminals, such as
former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, had been brought to
trial at the Hague-based U.N. tribunal on the Balkans.
            Kinkel again made a bid for a permanent seat for Germany on
the Security Council, saying that ``reform cannot be delayed any
longer, otherwise the momentum will be lost.''
            The council, he said, still mirrored the world at the end of
the Second World War without taking into consideration changes
in the world in Africa, Latin America and Asia as well as the
status of Germany and Japan.
            Reform of the Security Council has been bogged down for
years, with medium-sized states challenging any enlargement of
the council's permanent membership that would exclude them.
            In addition, the United States, which supports membership
for Germany and Japan, wants expansion of the 15-member body
limited to 20 or 21 seats, a position all sides oppose.
            Japan and Germany are the largest contributors to the
regular U.N. budget after the United States which has a debt of
$1.6 billion.
           


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