Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bolton to the UN: Yeah, but we think this is better.

Politics: By better he means you are going to do it this way. This is a good since the last thing that is needed with the UN "reforms" is America once again being on the hook for everything. The points the UN are trying to pass is a blatant move to usurp issues that should be left to each country and all should agree on them.

U.N. diplomats pressed the United States on Thursday to be open to compromise or risk sinking a plan for broad U.N. reform that world leaders are supposed to approve at a world summit in New York next month. The calls for flexibility came after the United States suggested the latest 39-page draft of the document be cut down to three pages or negotiated from scratch, line by line, less than three weeks before the start of the Sept. 14-16 gathering of more than 170 world leaders. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, recognizing the urgency of the situation, called on all U.N. ambassadors this week to accelerate negotiations on the proposals on poverty, development, disarmament and human rights. The United States last week submitted more than 500 proposed amendments to the draft document that diplomats have been negotiating for six months, causing some envoys to panic that agreement might not be reached. ....Bolton said the U.S. proposals should come as no surprise as they were "not that dissimilar from changes that we have been talking about here at the U.N. for months." "Our hope is to have a strong consensus document for the high-level event. We're working on that and we are making our views known, as are other governments," he told reporters. The U.S. proposals would eliminate reference to the Millennium Development Goals approved by world leaders five years ago that set deadlines for reducing extreme poverty, battling AIDS and raising education levels around the world. The amendments also oppose further action on climate change or increasing foreign aid and urge nuclear powers to speed nuclear disarmament. At the same time the amendments seek stronger action against terrorism, a new and stronger U.N. human rights body and a host of U.N. management reforms following the scandal-tainted $67-billion oil-for-food program for Iraq. U.N. General Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon, who has been leading the negotiations, planned talks on Friday to agree on a way forward, diplomats said.

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