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New General Assembly President Julian Robert Hunte of St. Lucia opens the 58th session with a strike of the gavel. At his left is Secretary-General Kofi Annan and right is Chen Jian, Under-Secretary-General of Department of General Assembly Affairs and Co
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General Assembly opens 58th session with plea for multilateralism and reform

The United Nations General Assembly opened its 58th annual session today with a minute of silence for staff killed in the terrorist attack in Baghdad, a pledge to persevere in the speedy restoration of sovereignty to the Iraqi people, a promise to pursue the benefits of multilateralism embodied by the world organization and a plea for reform.