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Senate Votes Reduction in UN Peacekeeping Dues

posted on April 8, 2005

The Senate voted this week to reduce the United States' share of the cost of United Nations peacekeeping missions by tens of millions of dollars.

The vote reflected congressional criticism of the U.N. following allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the oil-for-food program for Iraq, sexual abuses by peacekeepers, and other scandals.

U.S. dues are now capped at 27.1 percent of the peacekeeping budget. Under a 1994 law, that cap is to be reduced to 25 percent.

The United States is expected to spend about $1 billion on peacekeeping operations this year, with much of the money for activities in Sudan and Haiti. The Bush administration is seeking about the same amount for next year.

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