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Posted: 5/7/2001 4:16:39 PM EDT
Monday May 7 2:13 PM ET U.S. Loses Seat on U.N. Drug Policy By DAFNA LINZER, Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) - In another embarrassing blow, the United States lost its seat on an international drug monitoring body on the same day it was voted off the U.N. Human Rights Commission, U.N. and U.S. officials confirmed Monday. The United States had campaigned for a third term for U.S. Ambassador Herbert Okun, who has served as vice president on the International Narcotics Control Board. But he was voted off Thursday in the same secret-ballot procedure and by the same countries that cost the United States it's seat on the human rights commission. ``That, we find, very regrettable,'' U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in Washington on Monday. ``We intend to continue our engagement on the international narcotics issues. We'll continue our cooperation with and strong support for the U.N. international drug control program as well as with the International Narcotics Control Board.'' The 13-member International Narcotics Control Board monitors compliance with U.N. drug conventions on substance abuse and illegal trafficking. The 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council, the main U.N. body responsible for economic and social issues, cast secret ballots in both votes Thursday. The 70-year-old Okun served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (news - web sites) between 1985-1989 and has been on the narcotics board since 1997. The board deals with aspects of legal and illegal drug control, including monitoring government controls over chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs. It also assists in preventing the diversion of those chemicals into illicit traffic and identifies weaknesses in drug control systems.
Link Posted: 5/7/2001 5:03:38 PM EDT
It figures.Our policies are inconvenient to them,especially with a president who might consistently enforce them.
Link Posted: 5/7/2001 5:15:47 PM EDT
Once we lose all seats with the UN they will "have to" come into the US to control us like Kosovo. After all we can't seem to do anything correctly compared to China... Since our Gov. has failed when it comes to human rights(totally a false) can we now protest our own Gov. for such poor treatment??? BISHOP
Link Posted: 5/7/2001 6:00:01 PM EDT
I could really give a crap about what seat we lost now with the UN, what a joke. Why do we keep bank rolling the UN anyway. I read a factoid that we were the biggest idiots paying to keep the UN financial budget alive, we should have let them go bankrupt. I think if the US stops handing out money to the UN then the UN will have less to say against us. Pleae don't tell me we (The U.S.A.) are not giving financial aid to any of those countries that voted against us. It always boils down to money.
Link Posted: 5/7/2001 9:12:19 PM EDT
Though i wont hold my breath, i will be happy when the United Nazi's leave New York state. so what if we lose seats? lets lose the whole thang shall wee [:)] non-blue lib
Link Posted: 5/8/2001 3:56:24 AM EDT
the less we have to do with those socialists, the better.
Link Posted: 5/8/2001 10:31:31 AM EDT
Over the weekend, I was in Charlottesville, VA for a tactical shooting class and was watching TV on Saturday night when the UN runs a freakin' commercial! The gist was "lean on us, we'll help you". I'm not advocating that we quit the UN completely, but someone needs to rope in these bozos.
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