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Afghan President Asks for Help in UN General Assembly Address


Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday his country needs more help from the international community to battle terrorism.

Mr. Karzai said terrorism has spread through the region like "wildfire," and the international community must do more to bolster Afghan security forces.

Other speakers today included Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who spoke about the global economic crisis. He called on the international community to work together on the issue, warning the crisis is likely to worsen.

In other speeches, Israeli President Shimon Peres said his country is ready to negotiate full peace with the Palestinians. He also described Iran as a danger to the entire world. He said Iran continues to develop enriched uranium and long-range missiles.

For Cuba, First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado blamed the global food crisis on the "wastefulness and speculation" of a few countries in the industrialized North.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe called for more resolute support from the international community to free his country from what he called the "horrors" of drug trafficking, terrorism and poverty.

The leaders spoke on the second day of the annual week-long General Assembly general debate.

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