Monday, October 25, 2004

Kerry Meets with the Entire UN Security Council, ie., a few of them

The Washington Times, which admittedly isn' t the most reliable source, has an interesting report on Kerry's claim that he met with all the members of the UN Security Council.

During the Presidential Debates, Senator Nuance stated:
"This president hasn't listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable."

But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries' U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either. The former ambassadors who said on the record they had never met Mr. Kerry included the representatives of Mexico, Colombia and Bulgaria. The ambassador of a fourth country gave a similar account on the condition that his country not be identified.

When confronted with the Times investigation, he changed his tune

The statement did not repeat Mr. Kerry's claims of a lengthy meeting with the entire 15-member Security Council, instead saying the candidate "met with a group of representatives of countries sitting on the Security Council."

While not particularly important, it does poke holes in the picture Kerry tried to paint regarding his encounters with foreign leaders.


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