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June 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A key General Assembly panel lifted a $950-million spending cap on the United Nations budget, thereby avoiding a looming financial crisis over how to pay 14,000 U.N. staff members during the next six months. The United States, Japan and Australia objected because the resolution was not tied to management reform. In other action, the General Assembly unanimously admitted newly independent Montenegro as the United Nations' 192nd member.
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June 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A key General Assembly panel lifted a $950-million spending cap on the United Nations budget, thereby avoiding a looming financial crisis over how to pay 14,000 U.N. staff members during the next six months. The United States, Japan and Australia objected because the resolution was not tied to management reform. In other action, the General Assembly unanimously admitted newly independent Montenegro as the United Nations' 192nd member.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
The U.S. Catholic hierarchy, pointing to United Nations help in the Persian Gulf crisis, has called on the United States to immediately pay the $661 million in back dues owed to the international organization. Congress should free the funds needed "to meet all U.S. obligations to the United Nations," according to Archbishop Roger Mahony, the Catholic bishops' chief spokesman on international affairs.
NEWS
December 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The United Nations agreed in principle Friday to reduce the U.S. share of the world organization's budget, a major step toward ending a standoff with Congress that has caused festering resentment and left the U.N. scrimping for the funds that it believes are needed to carry out its mission. Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
NEWS
June 17, 1988
Unless member states pay their dues, the United Nations will have to cease operations by the end of October or early November, Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has warned delegates. In private meetings held with the organization's five regional groups, he told their representatives that, as of May 31, the world body was owed $690.9 million in unpaid dues, including $319 million for years before 1988. He noted that the largest contributor, the United States--assessed 25% of the U.N.
NEWS
December 2, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Voting on a controversial resolution to upgrade the U.N. status of the Palestine Liberation Organization was postponed until Monday, the Arab League's U.N. observer, Clovis Maksoud, said. The United States has threatened to withhold its U.N. dues if the General Assembly upgrades the PLO delegation from that of an observer state. The United States pays 25% of the annual U.N. budget of about $850 million, although it is $430 million in arrears.
NEWS
September 20, 1989 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
With the end of the Cold War between the superpowers, Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said Tuesday the United Nations must now turn to the world's "tremendous social problems" of the environment, drug trafficking, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and terrorism--and find the money to do the job. Perez de Cuellar spoke at a news conference at the opening of the 44th session of the General Assembly.
NEWS
November 7, 1987 | From Reuters
Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has warned the U.N. staff that there may be no paydays next month if the United States fails to clear its budget arrears, but there has been little evident belt-tightening in the world body. In a recent report on U.N. finances, Perez de Cuellar said the world body had received only $437 million of this year's total of $756 million in assessments. The largest assessment, 25%, is that of the United States.
NEWS
July 30, 1988 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Donald F. McHenry, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Jimmy Carter Administration, Friday called the U.S. refusal to pay its full share of U.N. dues "illegal" and said it threatens to paralyze the organization's peacemaking efforts at a crucial time.
NEWS
January 5, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's an annual competition among countries that prompts elaborate arrangements at the highest levels, a silent but righteous contest of time and money. The goal: to be the first nation to pay its U.N. dues. In stark contrast to the United States--which hasn't paid its U.N. dues on time for almost two decades--nine nations were paid up and on the U.N.'s self-declared Honor Roll on Monday, the first working day of the year. Finland wins the prize for making the year's first full payment.
NEWS
November 19, 1999 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the halls of the United Nations, the news that Congress has finally agreed to pay at least part of America's long-standing debt to the world body was cause for cautious celebration. "Right. The check is in the mail, and it will take three years to get here," said a European diplomat. "Maybe by then America will have convinced the rest of us that it's a good deal." For the U.S., it's a billion-dollar bargain.
NEWS
August 17, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Facing strong U.S. pressure to slash costs, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali proposed a new two-year budget that would cut 500 jobs and trim expenses by about 7%. The United States welcomed the proposal. Washington is withholding about $1.5 billion from the world body, partly to press it to cut costs and increase efficiency. Boutros-Ghali's budget outline proposes a $2.4-billion budget for 1998 and 1999, a reduction of 6.9% from the 1996-97 budget.
NEWS
September 27, 1995 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali warned the Security Council on Tuesday that the accelerating financial crisis of the United Nations is forcing the world organization to choose its peacekeeping missions in an unfair way. His remarks, made to a special session in which foreign ministers represented the governments on the council, came as the United Nations announced that its members now owe $3.5 billion in assessments. The United States is the nation most in arrears, owing $1.
NEWS
January 27, 1995 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Warren Christopher, in his sharpest attack on the Republican "contract with America," said Thursday that proposed GOP restrictions on U.S. contributions to the United Nations would destroy U.N. peacekeeping operations and hamstring American policy.
NEWS
February 22, 1992 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Security Council voted unanimously Friday to authorize the dispatch of almost 14,000 United Nations peacekeepers, including about a dozen infantry battalions, to monitor the cease-fire in Yugoslavia. But a budget snag will keep all but an advance party of unspecified size from the bloodied and ethnically divided Balkans for the time being. Once all the Blue Helmets, as U.N.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
The U.S. Catholic hierarchy, pointing to United Nations help in the Persian Gulf crisis, has called on the United States to immediately pay the $661 million in back dues owed to the international organization. Congress should free the funds needed "to meet all U.S. obligations to the United Nations," according to Archbishop Roger Mahony, the Catholic bishops' chief spokesman on international affairs.
NEWS
December 2, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Voting on a controversial resolution to upgrade the U.N. status of the Palestine Liberation Organization was postponed until Monday, the Arab League's U.N. observer, Clovis Maksoud, said. The United States has threatened to withhold its U.N. dues if the General Assembly upgrades the PLO delegation from that of an observer state. The United States pays 25% of the annual U.N. budget of about $850 million, although it is $430 million in arrears.
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