Q. I stand before you today as a multilateralist - by precedent, by principle, by Charter and by duty.

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I stand before you today as a multilateralist - by precedent, by principle, by Charter and by duty. I also believe that every government that is committed to the rule of law at home, must be committed also to the rule of law abroad. And all States have a clear interest, as well as clear responsibility, to uphold international law and maintain international order.​

—​ KOFI ANNAN


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'The Importance of Multilateralism', Address to the General Assembly, New York, New York, 12 September 2002 - from Kofi Annan, We the Peoples : A UN for the 21st Century, 2014, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, p. 92.

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KOFI A. ANNAN of Ghana, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, served from 1997 to 2006.  

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