Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announces the nomination of John Bolton to
be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
RICE: Good afternoon.
This past September, at the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush spoke of our nation's commitment to working in close partnership with the United Nations.
The United States is committed to the success of the United Nations, and we view the U.N. as an important component of our diplomacy.
The American people respect the idealism that sparked the creation of the United Nations, and we share the U.N.'s unshakable support for human dignity.
At this time of great opportunity and great promise, the charge to the international community is clear: We who are on the right side of freedom's divide have an obligation to help those who are unlucky enough to be born on the wrong side of that divide.
The hard work of freedom is the task of generations, yet it is also urgent work that cannot be deferred.
We have watched in awe in Afghanistan as men and women once oppressed by the Taliban walked miles and stood for hours in the snow just to cast a ballot for their first vote as a free people.
We have watched as millions of Iraqi men and women defied terrorists and cast their free votes and began their nation's new history.
We have seen determination in the faces of citizens in places like Ukraine and Georgia and the Palestinian territories as they have stood firm for their freedom.
We are seeing political reforms begin to take place in Qatar and Jordan and Egypt and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
And, this very morning, we applaud the courage of those on the front lines of freedom in Lebanon who are seeking free and fair elections.
RICE: In this era of expanding freedom, there is room for optimism, but much hard work lays ahead.
The international community has a challenging agenda before it from the Middle East to Sudan to Haiti to the Balkans from Iran to the Korean peninsula and on many other issues.