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UNITED NATIONS : Hey Buddy, Got a Dime?

September 18, 1990

The Persian Gulf crisis may be in the spotlight as the U.N. General Assembly opens its 45th session today, but Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has another big problem on his mind: money. The United States is $522 million in arrears in its dues and fees, and it's not alone. While Washington is the biggest offender, others are overdue as well, threatening the day-to-day operations of the international body.

Another item on the Assembly's agenda: Soviet proposals for strengthening the organization's peacekeeping mechanisms.

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