Thursday, December 31, 2009

Excerpts froom a message from the United Nations Association of the United States

For the first time, the United States ran for election to the world's most prominent human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council, and easily won a seat. The United States ended its self-induced exile from the world's first permanent international court for mass atrocity crimes, the International Criminal Court (ICC). And the President and Congress provided over $700 million to pay UN arrears and funding shortfalls, finally fulfilling the most basic obligation of UN membership--paying our dues....

The Administration has pursued a policy of working through international institutions whenever possible, rather than criticizing them from the outside and needlessly going it alone. It is important to let the Administration know that Americans support the renewed emphasis on multilateral diplomacy and, more specifically, the decisions to join the Human Rights Council, participate in key meetings of the ICC, and pay our UN dues.

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