FEBRUARY 22, 2006
The United Nations has become synonymous with fraud and abuse and now U.S. Ambassador John Bolton’s drive to clean house is triggering a backlash from corrupt developing nations who accuse him of encroachment.
Beginning this week, Bolton will chair the first of two sessions on financial and sex scandals in the U.N. peacekeeping operations and the ambassadors of 132 developing countries are furious, with many claiming that Washington is trying to take control of the 60-year-old U.N.
South Africa’s U.N. ambassador, Dumisani Kumalo, was especially upset after receiving a letter from two U.S. congressmen–Republican Henry Hyde of Illinois and Democrat Tom Lantos of California – saying that their colleagues in the House of Representatives have followed and will continue to follow his actions very closely with the intention of holding him accountable.
After all, the United States pays nearly one fourth of the regular U.N. budget and 27 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget therefore taxpayers should be assured that their money is being well spent.
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