Thursday, November 10, 2011

U.N. Agency Cutting Operations After U.S. Halts Funding Over Palestinian Vote

The United Nations cultural agency, the United States stopped funding the Palestinian members of the vote last week to cut its budget and business processes $ 65 million hole.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, an official confirmed the organization, the United States decided not to fund "emergency review."

"We stopped all unnecessary payments and transactions, and we do a review," the official said. This includes stop "non-essential travel," among other changes in meetings and publications. The organization also used from the reserve fund of about $ 30 million to cover part of the budget gap.

"We try to protect our core program," the official said, adding, "any decision to reduce the relevant procedures have been made."

UNESCO is rushed, because it is from the United States each year about 80 billion U.S. dollars, its global business, 22% of its funds.

However, the official clarified that the group is still "open for business", not a flat moratorium, as earlier reported Agence France-Presse. The report from the UNESCO Director Irina Bokova diplomat's speech.

U.S. State Department announced last week, U.S. law prohibits members of the Organization's mission to upgrade the status of Palestine to contribute. UNESCO 52 abstentions 107-14 vote last week to the Palestinians a full member in the organization. 173 members of UNESCO's 81-vote, need to be approved as a full member.

UNESCO, the United States to more than $ 600,000 earlier this month, but to conceal the funds.

State Department spokesman of UNESCO after the vote, said the move was "caused by long-term legislative restrictions", "force" the United States out of money.

United States has a rocky relationship with UNESCO in the past few decades. Re-enter the United States after 19 years has left the organization in 2002.


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