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Trump’s budget cuts would make UN peacekeeping ‘impossible’

BBC News  24 May 2017  The United Nations has warned that President Donald Trump’s plans to cut contributions to peacekeeping will make such work “impossible”.

The US administration signalled heavy cuts to UN operations, in its budget proposals released on Tuesday. The US foots more than a quarter of the UN’s $7.9bn (£6.1bn) peacekeeping bill.

A spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the organisation was willing to discuss how peacekeeping could be made more cost-effective.

Mr Trump’s budget proposal declares new “attention on the appropriate US share of international spending at the United Nations”.

The document does not provide a detailed breakdown, but Reuters news agency reports the drop in funding for the operations could amount to $1bn.

The spokesman said the UN was studying Mr Trump’s plan. “The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the UN to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance,” he said.

The BBC’s Nick Bryant at the UN says such a warning from the organisation is unusually blunt……

May 26, 2017 - Posted by | politics international, USA, weapons and war

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