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UN General Assembly Opens In New York

The session's Nicaraguan president wants to curb the powers of the Security Council.
UNITED NATIONS -- The 63rd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly has opened at UN headquarters in New York City.

The new president of the General Assembly is Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a Roman Catholic priest and former foreign minister of Nicaragua.

He opened the session on September 16 with a speech accusing some members of the UN Security Council of relying on warfare, but did not specify which countries.

D'Escoto also called for some powers to be taken away from the 15-country Security Council and given to the 192-member General Assembly.

World leaders, including the U.S., French, Iranian, and Georgian presidents, are expected to speak to the General Assembly from September 23.

compiled from agency reports