Wednesday 2 November 2011

US cuts UNESCO funding after Palestine vote

Here's a selection of online reports of the withdrawal of US funds from UNESCO in response to the representatives of the world's governments taking a democratic vote the results of which the US does not like.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Monday's vote triggers a long-standing congressional restriction on funding to U.N. bodies that recognize Palestine as a state before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached. Nuland says UNESCO's decision was "regrettable, premature and undermines our shared goal to a comprehensive, just and lasting peace'' between Israelis and Palestinians.She says the U.S. would refrain from making a $60 million payment it planned to make in November. But Nuland said the U.S. would maintain membership in the body.

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