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German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Tuesday welcomed UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's sweeping reform proposals for the United Nations, saying they were crucial for peace and stability in the 21st century.

"It showed a healthy dose of realism," Fischer said as he arrived at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva

Fischer notably highlighted other proposals in the reform package, including reinforcing the United Nations' human rights and security role.

"The proposed definition of terrorism is something of great importance, but so is the issue of humanitarian intervention," he said.

Annan said the Security Council should set guidelines to determine when military action can be authorised, an issue that was in the spotlight when the United States decided to invade Iraq without council approval.

Fischer indicated Tuesday that he favoured broader scope for international action, highlighting the dilemmas about intervention in the Balkans during the 1990s and noting that the issue was pertinent in crises in Africa today,1564,1526178,00.html

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