US official fired from UN

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NEW YORK -The US yesterday expressed regret that Mr Boutros-Ghali had lost confidence in Melissa Wells, the top US official at the UN, thereby indirectly admitting she had been fired, Reuter reports.

Ms Wells has been undersecretary-general for administration and management since last April, a position that includes security, contracts and support services for peace-keeping operations and managing the UN bureaucracy.