US stood against proposed reform made by 21 experts nominated by Annan, the Secretary General. US opposed Japan and Germany membership in Security Council. US refused representation of Africa, Latin America, and Muslim world in Security Council. US refuses to pay its share for UN. US is blackmailing UN, in a way that US will not pay unless UN follows US policy like a dog!! US must replace the impolite rude Bolton by another who believes in the important role of UN to settle world crises.
Associated France Press (AFP) 9/6/2006
UN official's remarks illegitimate, could harm reform efforts: Bolton
by Deborah Haynes
LONDON (AFP) - Reform efforts at the United Nations could be thrown "into disarray" by a top UN official's remarks that sparked outrage in the United States, John Bolton, US ambassador to the UN, warned.
In an escalating spat following the critique of US policy by UN chief Kofi Annan's deputy, Bolton said it was "illegitimate" for a civil servant to criticise a United Nations member state.
UN Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown put the world body on a collision course with its biggest financial backer when he suggested that Washington was not informing the American people about the UN's good work in support of US foreign policy goals.
In response, Bolton, on a trip to London, said: "It is illegitimate for an international civil servant to criticise what he thinks are the inadequacies of the citizens of a member government."
Mulling the possible consequences of the remarks, he said: "One I fear substantially is that this will throw our efforts in the UN reform process into disarray."
Asked if he thought Malloch Brown should resign, the ambassador refused to speculate, saying: "The concern people ought to have is the damage that he has done to the UN."
Bolton, who was giving a speech on the relationship between the United States and the United Nations, noted that Malloch Brown had tried to defend his remarks by saying he had criticised other UN member states as well.
"But that just proves the point. He doesn't see the illegitimacy of a civil servant -- who doesn't represent any sovereign government the last time I looked -- telling governments their performance does not meet his standards.
"This is a classic political mistake and I don't think we have seen the end of the consequences."
Pressed on whether the United States, which provides 22 percent of the UN budget, would withhold its contributions this year as a result of the row, Bolton said the US Congress was in charge of the purse strings.
In New York, Annan sought to defuse the situation, telling reporters his deputy's remarks in a speech to foreign policy-makers Tuesday had been misread.
Away from the wrangling, Bolton outlined some of the changes Washington wanted to see made to the United Nations, including a review of the body's mandates and greater accountability.
Speaking at the Centre for Policy Studies, he said the Iranian nuclear dispute, the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and the ongoing problem of relations between Syria and Lebanon would prove critical tests of the world body's ability to handle international problems.
Focusing on Iran -- an area of expertise for Bolton, who served as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security for four years until 2005 -- the ambassador said the ball was in Tehran's court.
It was up to the Iranian regime to respond to a US pledge to engage in direct talks if Iran suspended uranium enrichment and reprocessing.
Speaking separately to the BBC, however, the hawkish US diplomat reiterated his concerns about the country's nuclear potential.
"Iran is the central banker of international terrorism," he said.
"The risk that Iran would develop a nuclear weapon and then have the capability of delivering it, not only through ballistic missiles but also through terrorist groups, is a frightening prospect."