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Washington, D.C. - President Bush and other U.S. leaders have sought to build a coalition made up of countries around the globe to fight terrorism. U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., says the United Nations is playing an important role in building this antiterrorism coalition and he is in New York City today for a scheduled meeting with the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other UN ambassadors to discuss this role.

"The U.S. is taking measures on all fronts to defend itself against terrorist attacks. One of those fronts is the maintenance and building of a strong world alliance. We need other nations to continue their cooperation with the U.S. in this ongoing effort against terrorism. At the same time the U.S. must stay focused on its primary mission of providing for its own homeland defense," said Enzi. "With these meetings today I hope to gain a better understanding of the UN and UN Security Council standing in this conflict between peace and extremists who seek to terrorize anyone who does not subscribe to their views."

As the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism, part of Enzi's job is oversight of U.S. participation in the UN.

In addition to Annan, Enzi is also scheduled to meet with U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte and UN ambassadors from Russia and China. Enzi is also scheduled to meet with Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Afghanistan.