U.S. regrets loss of UNESCO voting right

U.S. regrets loss of UNESCO voting right
# 09 November 2013 03:55 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United States said on Friday that it regretted the loss of voting right in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to contributions overdue in protest against Palestine's entrance as a member.

"We regret that today the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization General Conference as a result of legislative restrictions that have precluded payment of U.S. dues to UNESCO," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

"The restrictions were triggered when UNESCO member states voted to grant the Palestinians membership as a state in 2011," she said.

According to the spokesperson, Washington intends to continue its engagement with the UN agency "in every possible way," and President Barack Obama remains committed to seeking Congressional approval for making continued payments to UN agencies that accepted Palestine a member state.

The U.S. payments account for 22 percent of the UNESCO's budget.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED