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Ambassador Bolton Vetoes U.N. Autocracy

Thursday, 01 September 2005 12:00 AM

"The United States came in a few days ago essentially to try to gut this document," said Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to Secretary General Kofi Annan on the millennium goals.

"The purpose is clear: to try to eliminate the momentum behind the millennium development goals and to wriggle free of the commitments they have made."

But Bolton, who met with Annan, said the changes being proposed had been wrongly portrayed as a break with past U.S. commitments that were agreed to at a meeting in 2000.

Instead, he said the U.S. objected to the way the U.N. secretariat later codified those goals into numerical targets and timetables – such as the requirement that nations devote seven-tenths of 1 percent of gross national product to development assistance, according to the Times.

"Some time ago the president said unequivocally we support the development goals in the millennium summit declaration," Bolton told reporters.

"Now that's different from the goals that were actually written by the secretariat. There is no backing away by the United States in the support for the millennium summit declaration."

He also rebuffed charges that the changes the U.S. was asking for came at the last minute, holding up documents dating back to June and July that showed many of those changes.

Bolton has written letters to all 191 U.N. ambassadors outlining the American position on seven issues – terrorism, development, disarmament and nonproliferation, protection from genocide, management reform, a peace-building commission and replacement of the discredited Human Rights Commission.

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