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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
  May I be so bold as to suggest.....France instead
SILive.com: NewsFlash - Annan: U.N. could temporarily relocate to Brooklyn while headquarters is renovated: "UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations delegates, welcome to ... Brooklyn?

U.N. planners have found commercial space across the East River that could serve as a temporary home while the United Nations' iconic glass-and-steel headquarters on the East River gets a long-overdue renovation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report Monday.

The report assessed where things stand with plans to renovate the U.N. secretariat building, which was considered modern when it was constructed 50 years ago but now violates most New York City fire and safety codes.

The 38-story tower has no sprinkler system, is packed with asbestos and leaks about 25 percent of the heat pumped into it in the winter.

Annan said a search of more than 100 properties in Manhattan had turned up nothing that satisfied its needs for both office and conference space. A major issue is figuring out where to hold the annual General Assembly debate, when world leaders descend on New York for several days."
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