World: A Voting Fiasco at the U.N.

Mixed signals, or a stunning change of mind

"I now put to the vote the draft resolution contained in document S/13827," said Donald Mills, the slim, elegant Ambassador from Jamaica who was serving as the United Nations Security Council president. After the members raised their hands, he announced the result: "Fifteen votes in favor, none against, no abstentions." U.S. Ambassador Donald McHenry then proudly addressed the meeting. "My delegation is pleased," he said, "that the council has spoken unanimously on this important issue." The occasion was indeed historic. For the first time, the U.S....

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