Bolton delivers letter of appointment, credentials to UN

[JURIST] New US UN ambassador John Bolton [official profile] met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday to present his credentials and deliver his letter of appointment by President Bush [JURIST report]. Bolton is known for his blunt style, his entrenched opposition to the UN-supported International Criminal Court [JURIST report], and a 1994 speech during which he said there is "no such thing as the United Nations," calling it merely "an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that is the United States." Annan said he was looking forward to working with Bolton but stressed that "an ambassador always has to remember that there are 190 others who will have to be convinced." Bolton joins the UN during the final six weeks leading up to a UN General Assembly summit [proposed agenda, PDF] when member states will seek agreements on issues such as the global fight against terrorism, reorganizing UN management, and expanding the Security Council. AP has more.

 

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