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Briefing on Sudan

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Remarks to the media following a Security Council Stakeout
New York City
August 31, 2006

USUN PRESS RELEASE #220

Ambassador Bolton: Okay, I just have a minute because we have to go in for the vote but weíre going to have the vote on our Sudan resolution, co-sponsored with the United kingdom and now five other countries. We certainly hope weíll have a unanimous Council but in any event we think we have gone the extra mile to try and accommodate the concerns of the government of Sudan and its supporters on the Council. And while we would certainly prefer unanimity, we think itís important to move quickly to get this resolution adopted and to move forward with the transition of the force now in Darfur to UN command. Iíll have a statement that Iíll release later and Iíll just take one or two questions because there really isnít much time.

Reporter: The Chinese ambassador said he couldnít support it. Does that weaken in any way -- in your mind -- the strength of this resolution?

Ambassador Bolton: Absolutely not. While itís -- as I say -- preferable to have unanimity, weíre not going to sacrifice the need to take a stronger hand to try and stop the genocide in Sudan just because we canít get unanimity. And China will be the one that has to explain why itís not voting in favor of this resolution. Okay, see yíall later.


Released on August 31, 2006

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