U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has delivered his farewell address, warning that the United States must not sacrifice its ideals while fighting terrorism.
Speaking today, Monday, at Harry Truman's Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, Mr. Annan praised former President Truman, who was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations.
He said today's global system "still cries out for far-sighted American leadership" in the Truman tradition.
Mr. Annan said the United States has historically been a vanguard in promoting human rights, and that it needs to remain a leader while it is fighting the war on terror. He said that when America appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are troubled.
The U.N. leader has often disagreed with the Bush administration, particularly over the war in Iraq.
In his farewell speech, Mr. Annan said the Security Council should be expanded, calling for new members to be added to represent parts of the world with less of a voice.
The U.N. leader also said the world must do much more to prevent climate change and called for intervention to end the killing in Sudan's Darfur region.
Kofi Annan leaves the United Nations on December 31st after ten years as Secretary-General.