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World summit on UN's future heads for chaos - UK leads last minute effort to rein in US objections

The British government is mounting a huge diplomatic effort this weekend to prevent the biggest-ever summit of world leaders, designed to tackle poverty and overhaul the United Nations, ending in chaos.
The Guardian has learned that Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, has made a personal plea to his American counterpart, Condoleezza Rice, for the US to withdraw opposition to plans for wholesale reform of the UN. He has asked Ms Rice to rein in John Bolton, the US ambassador to the world body.

Mr Bolton has thrown the reform negotiations into disarray by demanding a catalogue of late changes to a 40-page draft document which is due to go before the summit in New York on Wednesday.
Mr Bolton, one of the US administration hawks, became ambassador last month only after a long confrontation with the US senate, mainly caused by his ideological dislike of the UN.

The foreign secretary is planning to make calls to fellow ministers around the world over the weekend.

by Fran on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:10:53 AM EST
Why do I have the feeling someone's going to get chased with a shoe this weekend?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:15:29 AM EST
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Maybe because your are neurotic? :-) I mean, don't we live in the best possible world?

P.S. How are you doing - are you well again?

by Fran on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:22:10 AM EST
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There's no maybe about it, but dammit, I've earned my neuroses!  

And I believe that according to recent studies, you actually do live in the best of all possible worlds.  Mine's okay, but I'm without means to evacuate in an emergency (I'm talkin' to you, DeAnander).

I am over my cold, thanks for asking, and thanks to all the helpful advice.  I confess I haven't gotten a neti pot yet.  

I hope all's well with you and you're having a nice weekend!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:41:27 AM EST
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