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2006-06-30 22:59:21

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly late on Friday lifted the cap on U.N. spending but put off a resolution on management reform that U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said was not strong enough. The measure to remove the freeze on the U.N. budget averts a financial crisis in paying 14,000 staff over the next six months but represents a defeat for the United States because it was not made conditional on reforms. Japan and Australia joined Washington in "disassociating...

2006-04-28 20:35:34

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Developing nations on Friday blocked the centerpiece of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's management reform plan, a move that could lead to a cut off of U.N. funds this summer. The vote was 108-50 with three abstentions on a resolution opposed by the United States, European Union and Japan, who collectively pay 80 percent of the U.N. budget. At the insistence of the United States, the assembly in December tied progress on U.N. management...

2006-04-26 23:43:18

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Developing nations and rich countries face off on Thursday on Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plans to overhaul the bureaucracy that could precipitate a cut in funds to the United Nations this summer. At issue is one of Annan's proposals that requests authority for him to move staff and resources around without prior approval from a powerful General Assembly committee that controls the budget. Fearing its members would lose influence and...

2006-03-27 16:23:45

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have the final say on withholding half of U.S. dues to the United Nations under a compromise plan announced on Monday that aims to overhaul the world body. This compromise takes away the threat of an automatic deduction of U.S. dues unless the United Nations makes a series of reforms, a key requirement of a House bill passed in June. Rep. Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican who led a...

2006-03-08 01:39:27

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plans to overhaul the U.N. bureaucracy are expected to face stiff resistance from developing countries and immediately triggered protests from staff over outsourcing proposals. Annan, introducing a 33-page report on Tuesday, sought more financial oversight, simplified hiring and firing procedures, career planning, staff buyouts, training and a modern information system. The costs could run to $500 million....

2006-02-03 15:50:08

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet in Washington this month to try to pump new life into a flagging U.N. reform campaign that has run into strong opposition from developing nations. Annan will hold talks with Bush February 13 at the White House and afterward have a working lunch with Rice, U.N. chief spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday. Management reform at the United...

2006-01-03 16:44:20

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador John Bolton wants the five Security Council powers to have a seat on a still-disputed new U.N. human rights body, a move bound to anger nations who believe the five already are too dominant. Bolton told reporters on Tuesday that past traditions in the United Nations permitted the five powers to be included "on any U.N. body they think it is important to serve on." He said he did not think that including the permanent five...

2005-12-01 05:51:07

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hinted on Thursday it would oppose Japan's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, days before a visit by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that will address plans to reform the body. Japan's lobbying for a permanent seat on the council was one of the factors behind a wave of anti-Japanese protests in China earlier this year that were the latest manifestation of old resentments between the Asian giants over Japan's wartime aggression. "We support U.N....

2005-11-29 06:25:46

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discuss a plan to reform the United Nations Security Council during a visit to China from Dec 4 to 7, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. "It will be Annan's seventh visit to China since he took office, and the two sides will exchange views on international and regional issues of common interest," Liu Jianchao told a news conference. Annan and Chinese leaders would also discuss proposals to reform the...

2005-11-23 15:53:43

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The European Union rejected on Wednesday a proposal by U.S. Ambassador John Bolton to delay adoption of a two-year U.N. budget until key reforms are approved by the 191-member General Assembly. In a rare public disagreement with the United States, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry told reporters the 25 EU members did not believe in linking the budget to reform issues and thereby jeopardizing U.N. operations. "We are not in favor of...


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