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Call for more protection for civilians in wars

Non-combatants are being deliberately targeted in today's wars, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report in which he proposes measures for improving the protection of civilians.

Annan says the "plight of civilians is no longer something which can be neglected, or made secondary because it complicates political negotiations or interests".

Responsibility for protecting civilians cannot be shifted as the United Nations is the "only international organisation with the reach and authority" to end practices aimed at jeopardising the protection of civilians in war situations, he adds.

[See separate Item: irin-english-1606, titled `Call for more protection for civilians caught up in wars']

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