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Bolton to Be Snubbed At Un?

Doesn’t seem like it, according to this story an e-mailer just sent me:

“He will be one of the key players because the United States is the largest contributor and a great power in the Security Council,” Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Gunter Pleuger said. “There are conflicting views on nearly every issue that is on our plate for the reform, and the largest player in the U.N., of course, plays a key role.”

Many U.N. diplomats say Bolton will be judged on his performance here, not on his past, which features sharp criticism of the world body and resistance to his appointment as U.S. ambassador.

“No one should make prejudgments on reputation,” said Chile’s U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz. “One must do it on the merit of the facts, when we see what happens here.”

“He’s a colleague like any other and will be received as such,” said Denmark’s U.N. Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Loj, who noted that in many countries no confirmation of ambassadors is required.

“Honestly, I’m looking forward to working with him,” said Algeria’s U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Baali, whose two-year term on the Security Council ends in December. “I worked with him several years ago, and I enjoyed working with him.”

“He’s a very smart guy who can be very constructive, who can be very creative. So I think it will be very interesting to spend a few months with him in the Security Council,” Baali said.

Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Konstantin Dolgov said Bolton was well known in Moscow and “as far as I know he is a negotiator with quite some background.”

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