MUSLIMS SKEPTICAL OF US CONTROL OVER UN

There is widespread belief in Muslim countries that the United Nations is controlled by the United States, a survey of up to seven predominantly Muslim nations has found.

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There is widespread belief in Muslim countries that the United Nations is controlled by the United States, a survey of up to seven predominantly Muslim nations has found. The survey by WorldPublicOpinion.org covered Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Iran, Indonesia, the Palestinian Territories, Azerbaijan and Muslims in Nigeria. While respondents were found to be sceptical of the UN’s current role in world politics and conflict resolution, a significant number showed a desire to see a more powerful body with a wider mandate. Public in all nations polled favoured the UN Security Council having its own standing peacekeeping force (on average 64%), having the authority to go into countries to investigate human rights violations (average 63%), and having the right to authorise military force to stop a country from supporting terrorist groups (average 76%), or to prevent severe human rights violations such as genocide (average 77%). The respondents predominantly believed that the United Nations has not been helpful in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. None of the countries surveyed showed a majority which believing that the UN’s role had been helpful in solving the conflict.