Actions as well as words, Mr. Bush.
But former Colorado senator Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, warned Congress last week that the proposed Darfur deployment, and other current or future UN operations, were being jeopardised by mounting US debts. "As of June 2007 the US was $569m in permanent arrears to the UN for UN peacekeeping," Mr Wirth said. "The administration's budget request for the UN peacekeeping account for fiscal year 2008 [beginning in October this year] was found to be short by an additional estimated $500m.
"If this is left unaddressed, US arrears to the UN will exceed $1bn by the end of 2007 for peacekeeping alone," Mr Wirth said.
Monday, June 18, 2007
One of the things that the Bush administration has done that I've approved of is their push about the genocide in Darfur. It hasn't won them any points among some conservatives and I haven't always been happy with the speed of their strategy, but they have been pressing the issue with Sudan through the U.N. (which is what they should have done in Iraq, but I digress). The Guardian reports, however, that the deal recently pushed for by the Bush administration and reached may all be undone. Why? The U.S. refused to pay their dues to the U.N. Snippet: