Assistant Secretary Silverberg’s Dispatch #3 from the 62nd UNGA

September 27, 2007

United Nations – Another busy day in New York! First thing this morning, President Bush met with President Karzai to discuss progress in Afghanistan. We have a lot of hope for the future of Afghanistan. There has been a more than twenty percent decrease in child mortality over the last five years, access to basic health care is now available to eighty percent of the public, up from eight percent a few years ago, and primary school enrollment for both boys and girls has increased by five hundred percent over the past five years.

Later in the morning, Secretary Rice attended a meeting with EU Foreign Ministers, during which we issued a joint statement calling on the government of Burma to end violence against the peaceful demonstrators and to open a process of dialogue with pro-democracy leaders. The Security Council this afternoon issued a statement of concern about the events in Burma, which were also discussed at today’s G8 Foreign Ministers lunch.

On the bilateral front, Secretary Rice raised the issue of Burma when she met this afternoon with Indian Foreign Minister Mukherjee, urging him to call on the regime to exercise utmost restraint with the peaceful protestors. She also met with Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon where, among a number of issues, the Six Party Talks were discussed. These are talks involving six countries (the United States, China, Russia, Japan, and North and South Korea) aimed at ending the North Korean regime’s attempts to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

While Secretary Rice will be back in Washington, D.C., for part of the day tomorrow to open the President’s meeting of major economies on energy security and climate, I’ll still be in New York and will keep you updated!



September 28, 2007

Wong in China writes:
Hello, I come from China. I hate such countries: North Korea, Iran, Burma, Cuba and Iraq (before liberated by US army).

Colorado, USA
October 3, 2007

Tom in Colorado writes:
Based on limited information available to private citizens about the true good and bad working of the UN, I wonder if it is really worth the time, effort and resources expended by the U.S. to support this marginally effective organizaiton. How may I increase my knowledge base of the UN and why the U.S. persists in sustaining it inspite of incompetence and mismanagement? TVO >:)

September 29, 2007

Sandy in China writes:
I think the most important thing is ending the violence and the power politics in the world.

New Mexico, USA
September 29, 2007

Eric in New Mexico writes:
@ Wong and Tom --

What we have here is a time honored American tradition (from the wild wild West). That if a fool wishes to hang himself with his own words, we'll gladly supply the rope. (This may answer Tom's question.)

It's a pretty dysfunctional world, Wong. All the world wonders about the intent of ethical infants, and when they will have their diapers changed.

October 1, 2007

Viewer in China writes:
What we need is peace and development. Thougth there is turbulence in some part in the world, the main trend is on the good road. What's more, developing countries need help from developed states. If all the world is one unit, the world will be full of love and peace.

Daniel S.
October 3, 2007

Dipnote Blogger Frederick Jones writes:
@ Tom in Colorado -- "...How may I increase my knowledge base of the UN and why the U.S. persists in sustaining it inspite of incompetence and mismanagement?"

I think this speech by Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Lagon should answer your questions. (


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