|Obama Halts UN Dues during Sequester|
|by Tom McGregor||Mon, Mar 4, 2013, 08:49 PM|
President Barack Obama must halt payments to the United Nations amidst the sequester, in which the federal government has imposed $85 billion in budget cuts. Nevertheless, the UN plans to charge 'late fees' if the US fails to pays its dues on time.
The UN Dispatch reports that, "the United Nations is not immune to the sequester. The USA is the largest funder of the United Nations, paying about 27% of the cost of UN peacekeeping operations around the world; and about 25% of the regular UN budget."
Apparently, the U.S. will soon cut off $100 million in aid for UN peacekeepers. However, the UN will charge arrears (late fees and interest) for failing to make the payment on time. The UN has informed Obama, a member of the UN Human Rights Council, that the US is "treaty-bound" to pay its UN dues, or face criminal charges at the UN World Court in The Hague.
According to the UN Dispatch, "UN Peacekeeping deploys about 100,000 troops to 14 hotspots around the world. Mali is almost certainly the next place to which UN peacekeepers will be deployed. If nothing else, the sequester will complicate discussions at the United Nations around this complex mission – and not for the better."
To read the entire article from the UN Dispatch, link here:
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