Britain's foreign secretary says military action in Afghanistan is justified by U-N charter.
Addressing the U-N General Assembly in New York today (Sunday), Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the U-N charter gives countries the right to self-defense.
Mr. Straw said the military coalition in Afghanistan is engaged in action against al-Qaida and the Taliban regime in an exercise of that right.
The foreign secretary also called for western countries to do more to help the poor people in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
The comments come with reports that British ground troops have been deployed in Afghanistan to help the opposition Northern Alliance.
Defense Minister Geoff Hoon told British radio today that members of Britain's armed forces are in Afghanistan to provide assistance and to advise the opposition fighters.
No details are available yet about the number of British troops deployed, or their exact location.