In a move bound to ruffle feathers at Turtle Bay, the American ambassador, John Bolton, yesterday advocated mass resignations by the top appointees who run the United Nations bureaucracy, so a new secretary-general, who is scheduled to assume office at the beginning of next year, could pick his own team.
Mr. Bolton, a strong believer of sweeping change at the United Nations, told The New York Sun that once a new leader assumes office on January 1, not only should the heads of various departments, known by their title of undersecretary-generals, leave, but also those directly underneath them, known as assistant secretaries-general.
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The first secretary-general ever to have come from the ranks of the organization, Mr. Annan came into office as a reform advocate with an insider’s eye. He had manned many Turtle Bay positions through the years, serving the institution his entire career under several administrations. Many at the United Nations now believe that new blood is essential if the organization is ever to make the revolutionary changes necessary for the body to be effective
Not as good a closing down the UN, but an excellent idea.