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US threatens to withhold funds from UN unless...

Posted By: wtnf
Date: 10, June 05, at 9:13 p.m.

Less than two years after finally paying its full dues to the United Nations, the US is again threatening to withhold payments from the world body unless theUN undertakes the important reforms sought by Washington.

A US congressional committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to approve legislation that would withhold half of its annual $500m contribution unless the UN streamlined its bureaucracy, barred countries that violated human rights from UN human rights bodies and created an independent oversight board and ethics office.

Henry Hyde, Republican chairman of the House international relations committee, said the bill was the only way to force the UN to make long-overdue reforms. “You can't have reform if you don't withhold dues.”

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