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Ros-Lehtinen Says Allegations against UN Chief Investigator Reinforce Urgent Need for UN Reform


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding a news report that the acting director of the investigations division of the UN's internal oversight office, Michael Dudley, is himself being investigated for retaliating against whistle-blowers:

"The irony of the UN's chief investigator being investigated is overwhelming, but the fact that the U.S. continues to contribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to an unaccountable, unreformed UN is no laughing matter.

"These allegations reinforce the need for expanded and effective oversight of the UN. Next week, our Committee will lead the way by holding the first of several briefings and hearings on UN reform.

"But we won't see the real transparency, accountability, and reform that must happen at the UN until the U.S. takes concrete steps to help ensure such an outcome. In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to put UN reform in motion. This bill will build on my previous legislative efforts on this issue and on investigations into UN malfeasance conducted by this Committee four years ago.

"It is time, once again, to focus our efforts on ensuring that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being well-spent and are advancing our nation's interests."

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