Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"[Owen Bennett-Jones] (Q): Do you think that the resolution that was passed on Iraq before the war did actually give legal authority to do what was done?
Kofi Annan (A): Well, I'm one of those who believe that there should have been a second resolution because the Security Council indicated that if Iraq did not comply there will be consequences. But then it was up to the Security Council to approve or determine what those consequences should be.
Q: So you don't think there was legal authority for the war?
A: I have stated clearly that it was not in conformity with the Security Council - with the UN Charter.
Q: It was illegal?
A: Yes, if you wish.
Q: It was illegal?
A: Yes, I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view and from the Charter point of view it was illegal."
"Excerpts: Annan Interview," inverview with BBC journalist Owen Bennett-Jones, news.bbc.co.uk, Sep. 16, 2004
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consulate Generals, heads of government, Cabinet-level positions, military generals/admirals, Chief Weapons Inspectors, members of legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the US - Iraq conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Co-founder and President, Global Humanitarian Forum, 2007-present
Chairman of the Board, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), 2007-present
Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), 1997-2007
Undersecretary for Peacekeeping, UN, 1993-1996
Budget and Finance Controller, UN, 1992-1993
Assistant Secretary-General for Program Planning, UN, 1990-1992
Assistant Secretary-General, UN Office of Human Resources Management, 1987-1990
Director of Budget, UN Office of Finance, 1984-1987
Deputy Director of Administration and Head of Personnel, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), 1980-1983
Deputy Chief of Staff Services, UN Office of Personnel Services, 1976-1980
Managing Director, Ghana Tourism Board, 1974-1976
Administrative and Budget Officer, World Health Organization, 1962
MS, Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1972
Graduate Studies, Economics, Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales, Geneva (Switzerland), 1961-1962