President Bush called on the United Nations to uphold the fight for freedom and decried “brutal regimes” such as Syria and Iran.
Bush also said in his address Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly that mainstream Palestinian leaders are working to fight terror, enforce the rule of law and assist their people, and should be supported to “advance the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security”.
The president also announced U.S .sanctions against Myanmar, formerly Burma, and called on the United Nations to send troops to the Darfur region of Sudan.
Though he noted Iran as a brutal regime, Bush made scant mention of that country or the war in Iraq.
Bush expressed his “disappointment” with the U.N. Human Rights Council, which he said ignored real human rights abuses in other countries “while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel.”
The United Nations should reform the structure of the Security Council, he said, and expand its membership to countries such as Japan.
The Cuban delegation walked out when Bush called for the end of the reign of “cruel dictators”.