UNITED NATIONS, October 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Breaking with customary neutrality on highly contested issues, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has come out publicly in favour of human cloning for research purposes just as the General Assembly commenced two days of critical hearings on the issue.
“Obviously it is an issue for the member-states to decide, but as an individual and in my personal view, I think I would go for therapeutic cloning,” Annan told reporters today. While the partisan comment from the Secretary General came as a surprise to many, pro-life leaders on the international scene saw it as par for the course. Annan is known to United Nations watchers as an advocate of abortion and same-sex marriage.
Last year, Annan attended part of a homosexual activist conference held at the United Nations where he remarked on same-sex ‘marriage’ saying, “individuals should be allowed to make their own choices and that we should be careful not to draw conclusions, or adopt prejudicial attitudes, towards people for their choices and preferences”.
Early this year Annan accepted an award from one of the UN’s most radical pro-abortion groups. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), which advocates for worldwide abortion on demand, was thanked by an enthusiastic Annan. The theoretically objective Secretary General thanked the group saying that the “IWHC and its partners provide indispensable leadership for the health and rights of girls and women worldwide. If there were more pioneers like you, the world would be a better place….You are a shining example.”
Annan’s critical view of Christians who struggle against the culture of death was made evident in December 2000 at a farewell event for Nafis Sadik, the former head of the UN’s population control arm, UNFPA.
Annan praised Sadik for her promotion of population control around the world. “You have done more than anyone to bring about a radical change in the way the world sees population issues,” he said. In a revealing quote Annan lauded Sadik’s “willingness to brave the wrath, if not of the Almighty Himself, then certainly of those who claim to speak for Him here on earth. … And what is more, you have won your point.” See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage: Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To United Nations And Kofi Annan www.lifesite.net/ldn/2001/oct/01101502.html UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Supports Homosexual ‘Marriage’ www.lifesite.net/ldn/2003/aug/03080501.html Kofi Annan Enthusiastically Accepts Award from Radical Abortion Promoters www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/mar/04030403.html