I am doing three things in my mission as Ambassador to the United Nations. First, and here is where I need your help, the United States needs to pay its bills to the United Nations. We owe US$ 1 billion, give a few or so million. Second, together we have to do something positive in the area of U.N. reform - and that is happening. There is no reason why the United Nations cannot run more efficiently with fewer people - more consolidated with respect to general functions. There is no reason why we cannot say that we should ask those tough questions on peacekeeping missions, like: "How much is it going to cost? What is the mandate? What is the agenda? When are we going to get out?"
William B. Richardson,
The United Nations, the United States, and U.S. Foreign Policy,
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