UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was disappointed that the United States decided not to run for a seat on the Human Rights Council, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday.
Dujarric told reporters that the secretary-general was disappointed that the United States had decided not to participate in those elections.
"However, the Secretary-General very much hoped that the United States would continue to be an active player in the defense of universal human rights, support the work of the new Council, and participate in the Council's elections next year," the spokesman observed.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack announced Thursday that the United States will not run for the Human Rights Council seat this year.
After months of arduous negotiations, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on March 15 on a resolution to set up a new Human Rights Council to replace the much-criticized Human Rights Commission.
The resolution was adopted by member states with 170 in favor, four against and three abstentions, among which the United States, Israel, Marshall Islands, and Palau voted against the resolution.
The Council consists of 47 seats, which shall be distributed among regional groups. The elections are scheduled to take place on May 9.