So says Kofi Annan:
The U.S. decision to go to war in Iraq without the approval of the U.N. Security Council was “illegal,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the BBC yesterday.
“I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time — without U.N. approval and much broader support from the international community,” he said in an interview with the BBC World Service.
The U.N. Charter allows nations to take military action with Security Council approval as an explicit enforcement action, such as during the Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War.
But in 2003, in the build-up to the Iraq war, the United States dropped an attempt to get a Security Council resolution approving the invasion when it became apparent it would not pass. After being asked three times yesterday whether the lack of council approval for the war meant it was illegal, Annan said: “From our point of view and the [UN ] Charter point of view it was illegal.”