Saturday, January 24, 2009

At the UN: U.S. Representative Blocks Secretary General's Call for Investigation of Israel's Actions in Gaza

Inner City Press, January 22, 2009 - It seems that some things won't be changing under President Obama after all:

Libya proposed, and most members agreed to, a paragraph mirroring [UN Secretary General] Ban's muted investigation call. But the United States, represented for now by civil servant Alejandro Wolff, was having none of it. Inner City Press is told by sources in the meeting that the US would not agree to any reference to investigations. These sources marveled that, even with Obama now in power, this would be the US position. They contrasted it to the Council's reaction to an Israeli bombing in Lebanon during the 2006 war, or to an immediate denunciation of a Sudanese attack on a convoy, which after denying, Sudan apologized for.

Is this the change you could believe in, the source asked. It remains to be seen. Council leadership predicted that new US Ambassador Susan Rice will arrive in New York on Monday. But even absent his Rice, isn't Obama already in charge?

Full report available at the link.

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