Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Pledges Millions for U.N. Efforts Money Will Support Peacekeeping Mission

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Pledges Millions for U.N. Efforts Money Will Support Peacekeeping Mission

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The United States, after years as the chief debtor at the United Nations, intends to pay more than $900 million for peacekeeping costs by the end of the year, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday.

President Bill Clinton plans to sign a bill in the next few days authorizing $1.2 billion for peacekeeping. The funds will cover peacekeeping arrears until the end of this year and allow some revenues for 1995, Ambassador Madeleine Albright said.

In a telephone interview with Reuters, Albright said the planned contribution "shows our commitment to the United Nations and to peacekeeping."

"I see it as a major step forward, and it lives up to the commitment President Clinton made last summer to pay off our arrears on the peacekeeping account," she said.

U.N. members owe the organization $3.3 billion, including $1.48 billion for peacekeeping and $835 million for regular dues.

Of this amount, U.S. arrears total $1.48 billion, including $956 million for peacekeeping and $530 million in dues for the regular budget, according to official U. …

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