The Washington Post today published a report on happenings at the UN less than a month before a massive summit is planned. (Cheers JaneM)
the Bush administration has thrown the proceedings in turmoil with a call for drastic renegotiation of a draft agreement to be signed by presidents and prime ministers attending the event.
This hardly surprises me… but the devil is in the details.
The United States has only recently introduced more than 750 amendments that would eliminate new pledges of foreign aid to impoverished nations, scrap provisions that call for action to halt climate change and urge nuclear powers to make greater progress in dismantling their nuclear arms.
He has also objected to language that urges nations to observe a moratorium on nuclear testing and to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which the Bush administration opposes.
Say Yes to Poverty and Pollution!… but only we’re allowed to say who’s allowed to have Nukes, we don’t need no stinkin’ NPT.
the administration is urging members of the United Nations to strengthen language in the 29-page document that would underscore the importance of taking tougher action against terrorism, promoting human rights and democracy, and halting the spread of the world’s deadliest weapons.
They underscore U.S. efforts … to eliminate any reference to the International Criminal Court. The administration also opposes language that urges the five permanent members of the Security Council not to cast vetoes to block action to halt genocide, war crimes or ethnic cleansing. [correction now in Post], “The administration opposes language that would urge those council members not to use their vetoes to block intervention in states where such crimes are being perpetrated. ” [Isn’t that the same thing? Certainly doesn’t sound any better.]
Influence and power, my friends… trumps democracy, the rule of law, and human rights every time.
But hey.. at least they’re calling for “Greater Oversight” of UN procedures and “Free Market reforms” in impoverished countries before they will deliver aid to those countries.
I would like to hear the full reaction from Canadas’ UN Ambassador (and former Justice Minister) Allan Rock because frankly, the one quoted is pretty lame (not that I’m that surprised).
“I think he just wants to be very cautious,” said Canada’s U.N. ambassador, Allan Rock. “He’s coming into a situation where there’s a -page document on the table, and I think he’s looking at it very closely and he’s concerned that great care be taken before his country’s name is put to it, and that’s quite natural.”
How diplomatic, I wonder what he’s really thinking.