United States Stop Payments To UNESCO. Payments set: The United States responds as expected dramatically to the admission of Palestine to the UN organization. Their budget is shrinking, up US$60 million.
The U.S. has halted its payments to the UN cultural organization UNESCO for the time being. In November pending U.S. contribution of US$ 60 million had not been made, said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, in Washington. The inclusion of Palestinians in the Unesco was “premature” and undermines “our common goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,” Nuland said.
The U.S. had threatened as Israel before the vote on the inclusion of the Palestinians as a full member of UNESCO with the stop payment. According to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is prohibited by law the U.S. government to fund organizations that accept the Palestinians as a member. Israel also announced that they wanted to rethink the cooperation with the UN organization for the decision.
The U.S. had already boycotted the UNESCO 1984-2003, but were last around 22% of the budget of the organization. UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon called on the UNESCO members to find practical solutions to secure the financing of the organization. The two-year budget for 2010/2011 amounts to US$653 million. Among the biggest contributors include not only the U.S., Japan and Germany.
The UNESCO General Assembly had previously voted with 107 votes, 14 votes against and 52 abstentions, to accommodate the Palestinians as a new full member of the organization. Germany voted in the negative, however, France advocated the accession of Palestine.
The UN Security Council is currently deliberating on the request of the Palestinians at a UN membership. The move has virtually no chance but because the U.S. has announced its veto. From the perspective of the United States and Israel, a Palestinian state on the territory of the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the end of peace negotiations.