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Ros-Lehtinen: Cuba Heading UN Disarmament Panel 'Ludicrous'

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 08:40 AM

By T.M. Golub

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calls Cuba taking over the rotating presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament “ludicrous.” Cuba succeeded North Korea on the panel.
 
“It’s hard to fathom a more ludicrous image than Kim Jong Il passing the chair of the Conference on Disarmament to the Castro brothers, but that’s what passes for change at the U.N.,” said Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
 
“Cuba will no doubt exploit its presidency of the Conference on Disarmament to distract from the increasing threat of proliferation posed by its allies Iran, North Korea, and Syria, and to instead castigate free democracies like the United States and Israel,” she said.
 
Ros-Lehtinen is set to introduce an updated version of the United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act, which she first introduced in 2007. The measure seeks to base further United States funding of the U.N. on sweeping reforms.

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