The fortieth anniversary of the United Nations has occasioned both celebration and sober reassessment. This year provides an opportunity for a timely examination of the continuing vitality and usefulness of the principles and ideals embodied in the UN Charter. One of its fundamental goals was to restrict the unilateral use of force in international disputes. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter expressed this ideal:
All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
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