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Russia lost a 2016 election to the United Nations Human Rights Council because President Barack Obama’s United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power defied his order to support Moscow’s bid, her new memoir reveals.
“Too much had happened since I arrived at the U.N. not to vote my conscience,” Power, the former ambassador to the United Nations, writes in her book The Education of an Idealist.
The article goes on to state the following:
For Power, 48, who was America’s top U.N. diplomat in Obama’s second term, the race to see whether Russia would secure a three-year term on the U.N.’s top human rights panel came at a frustrating time. Her tenure had been marked by clashes over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and intense bombardments of civilian population centers in support of embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Yet Powers was instructed to vote for Russia.
“What I saw was not unexpected, but it still caused me to shake my head. ‘What on earth will it take?’ I wondered,” she writes. “I hated my voting instructions from Washington.”
Secretary of State John Kerry’s team intended to honor a long-standing agreement in which the five permanent members of the Security Council — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia — agree to back each other in such U.N. elections. The vote took place just a few weeks after the United Stated suspended talks with Russia over a hoped-for cease-fire in Syria. The “indiscriminate bombing” of civilians in Aleppo, a major rebel stronghold, had spurred Kerry to call for an “investigation of war crimes” against Russia and Assad.
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— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) September 10, 2019
“Too much had happened since I arrived at the U.N. not to vote my conscience.”
Samantha Power defied Obama to block Russia from United Nations bodyhttps://t.co/oG2b99emIh
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 11, 2019
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