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US to halt UNESCO fund over Palestine vote

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 1 ,2011
U.S. withdraws UNESCO funding 
 The United States government has announced it will cut off funding for UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency, over its vote admitting Palestine as a member.

The US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters on Monday that the US will halt a planned 60 million dollar payment to the agency.

The transfer was due in November.

Nuland said the vote to admit Palestine as a member was regrettable, premature and undermines the shared goal of a lasting peace in the Middle East.

The US walked out of UNESCO and stopped its funding in 1984 over issues with the organization’s agenda and management. It returned to UNESCO in 2003.

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U.S. withdraws UNESCO funding

UNESCO. Photo: EPA   
 

The U.S. has announced withdrawal of UNESCO funding following its vote granting Palestinian membership. In this connection, America will not make the scheduled $60 million transfer in November, said U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland.

According to a law passed in the U.S. in the 1990s, the country could withdraw funding for any UN agency that accepts into its ranks the Palestinians.

The UNESCO budget consists of contributions from member states. The U.S. provides 22% of the funding for the UNESCO budget.

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