People were very cautious, to say the least, because of his reputation as a tough guy who didn't like the U.N. ... In fact, I was the only one who said that Bolton was an intelligent man who could be creative and constructive and wouldn't go around bullying delegations.
More Quotes from Abdallah Baali:You cannot give all the powers to the secretary general. The General Assembly has to keep its main prerogative, and the secretary general and all bodies should be accountable to the General Assembly.
We have made it clear that it is premature and it is unjustified to talk about sanctions when the investigation is still going on and we do not know what will be the final outcome,
What matters in our eyes is that he's the president's choice and that he's close to the president. That gives him certainly the authority to deal with us in New York.
In the past five years, Kofi Annan focused on Africa because the Africans had the impression the United Nations was not doing enough for them,
I think honestly he can keep doing his job... It's important for him and for us to have a good outcome at this summit. If we have a good outcome, if we have real reforms to be implemented in the months to come, I think the secretary general will be in a more comfortable position.
We hope to use the weekend to move toward unanimity.
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