Bolton Tells UN, "Talk is Cheap!"

So, what is there not to like about Ambassador John Bolton?

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton blocked a U.N. envoy on Monday from briefing the Security Council on grave human rights violations in Sudan’s Darfur region, saying the council had to act against atrocities and not just talk about them.

“How many officials from the secretariat does it take to give a briefing?” he said, noting the council had just concluded a briefing on Darfur from Hedi Annabi, the assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations.

Mendez, who visited Darfur for a week in late September, later briefed reporters on his findings. He said…

The UN advisor Mendez says that Darfur in backsliding:

Juan Mendez, the U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, said Monday the only reason why there had not been more violence against villagers in Darfur was that there were no more villagers to attack. Some 2 million have gathered in camps and are entirely dependent on humanitarian aid.

“We have not turned the corner,” Mendez told reporters days after returning from a trip to the region and delivering a report to the U.N. Security Council. “I found the situation much more dangerous and worrisome than I expected it to be.”

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton raised the possibility of new sanctions against Sudan, saying the council needed to do more about worsening security. He later told The Associated Press that one possibility was to put more controls on weapons flowing into the country.

In March, the council strengthened an arms embargo and imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on those who defy peace efforts. It also referred Sudan to the International Criminal Court, the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal.

Yet the Sudanese government isn’t cooperating with the ICC and the sanctions appear not to be working.

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