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US Envoy Bolton to Leave UN Post

04 December 2006

John Bolton says he will leave government service when his temporary appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations runs out in a few weeks. We have details from VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson.

Bolton is currently holding the job in what is known as a recess appointment, which runs out when the current congressional session formally adjourns.

President Bush sent him to the U.N. on a temporary basis last year, hoping to use the time to win over enough Senators to get his nomination through the crucial Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and on to a formal confirmation vote.

But the opposition never relented, citing Bolton's sometimes confrontational management style.

And with the Democrats about to take control of Congress next month, Bolton felt it was time to step aside.

In a written statement, issued shortly after the announcement that Bolton would step down, President Bush praises Bolton's performance at the United Nations, taking note of his work on North Korea, Iran, and Darfur, as well as his advocacy of U.N. reform.

Mr. Bush accuses a handful of Senators of blocking Bolton's confirmation.

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