Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 08:40 AM
By T.M. Golub
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs
Committee, calls Cuba taking over the rotating presidency of the United
Nations Conference on Disarmament "ludicrous." Cuba succeeded North
Korea on the panel.
"It's hard to fathom a more ludicrous image than Kim Jong Il passing the
chair of the Conference on Disarmament to the Castro brothers, but
that's what passes for change at the U.N.," said Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
"Cuba will no doubt exploit its presidency of the Conference on
Disarmament to distract from the increasing threat of proliferation
posed by its allies Iran, North Korea, and Syria, and to instead
castigate free democracies like the United States and Israel," she said.
Ros-Lehtinen is set to introduce an updated version of the United
Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act, which she first
introduced in 2007. The measure seeks to base further United States
funding of the U.N. on sweeping reforms.