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UN cloning vote unlikely today

Debate has members sharply divided over therapeutic cloning and frustrated over 'deadlock'

Alison McCook(abmccook@yahoo.com)

UNITED NATIONS—Members of the legal committee of the United Nation's General Assembly began once again tackling the debate over human cloning yesterday (October 21), but the chances of a decisive vote on the issue during this latest round of talks, scheduled to continue today, appear remote. And some members voiced their frustrations at the international body's inability to take a stand on human reproductive cloning, which all members appear to oppose.

The UN has been trying to reach agreement on a convention for more than 2 years. Yesterday, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that he supports the use of cloning in therapeutic research, opposing the United States and more than 60 other member states that currently support a resolution that would ban all forms of cloning.

The UN remains deeply divided on the issue. During a meeting of the General Assembly's legal committee yesterday, some members said they...

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