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Friday, August 04, 2006

Oliver Burkeman, "'Guardian Profile: Mark Malloch Brown,'" Guardian, August 4, 2006.

This week, Malloch Brown - promoted this year to deputy secretary general [of the UN] - ... broadened his aim to include Britain. Both Tony Blair and George Bush, he told the Financial Times, should "know not just when to lead but when to follow", allowing France, among others, to "share the lead", provoking one US administration spokesman to undisguised anger.

Malloch Brown was unapologetic this week, telling the Guardian that efforts to halt the fighting had "run up against a wall [in the shape of] the US and UK". It had been time to make overtures to the French, who will be relied upon to lead a multinational force.
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