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The General Assembly: Turtle Bay’s roundup of U.N. news

Iraq More than two decades after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday lifted a raft of sanctions designed contain Iraq and prevent it from developing weapons of mass destruction. Read my piece in the Washington Post for more details. Ivory Coast United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm over the prospects ...

Iraq

More than two decades after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday lifted a raft of sanctions designed contain Iraq and prevent it from developing weapons of mass destruction. Read my piece in the Washington Post for more details.

Ivory Coast

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm over the prospects of escalating violence in Ivory Coast following a disputed election there, according to the Voice of America. The remarks come as U.N., U.S. and French officials are exploring a diplomatic initiative aimed at persuading the country’s long-time leader, Laurent Gbagbo, to step down.

U.N. Report: Stagnant Wages

A U.N. study claims that the global financial crisis has led to a "considerable slowdown" in the growth of real wages, widening the gap between the world’s rich and poor, according to the New York Times. The International Labor Office estimated that growth in month wages was 1.6 percent in 2009, down from 2.8 percent in 2007.

Biden Slip

Vice President Joseph Biden lavished enormous praise on U.N. officials who have sacrificed their lives serving the cause of peace in Iraq, and supported international efforts to organize elections and reconcile the country’s feuding sectarian factions. He also paid special praise to the "remarkable U.S. envoy Sergio [Vieira] de Mello." Actually Vieira de Mello was the U.N. man in Baghdad, before he fell victim to an Iraqi terror attack against U.N. headquarters in August 2003.

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Colum Lynch is Foreign Policy’s award-winning U.N.-based senior diplomatic reporter. @columlynch

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