FROM Anne Bayefsky
New Faces, Old Issues at the UN President Bush and Iran's President Ahmadinejad were both in the General Assembly chamber this morning as the UN began its 62 nd session . Ahmadinejad will speak later today. President Bush told the General Assembly that the US will increase sanctions against the repressive military government of Myanmar—or Burma. He said nothing about the Iraq war and barely mentioned Iran, but he also said he'd consider enlarging the UN Security Council, possibly to make Japan a permanent member. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea opened today's session , his first as the UN leader. As the world body meets for the 62 nd time, will new leaders from Europe and a new Secretary General make a difference? Is the UN living up to its founding expectations?
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