US ambassador to UN colleagues: Could you guys please stop showing up drunk?
posted at 11:02 pm on March 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
“We make the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be an inebriation-free zone,” Joseph Torsella, deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for management and reform, told the General Assembly’s budget committee.
“While my government is truly grateful for the strategic opportunities presented by some recent past practices, let’s save the champagne for toasting the successful end of the session, and do some credit to the Fifth Committee’s reputation in the process,” he said. …
Diplomats who have participated sessions have told Reuters that it is not unusual to see delegates showing visible signs of having imbibed heavily.