Haley says US won’t pay more than quarter of UN peacekeeping budget

Haley says US won’t pay more than quarter of UN peacekeeping budget

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley addresses a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on March 28, 2018. UN Photo/Loey Felipe
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley addresses a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on March 28.. (UN Photo/Loey Felipe)

Haley said the US intends to remain the largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping budget, but said paying for peacekeeping efforts should be a 'shared responsibility.'

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley drew a line in the sand on Wednesday, telling the Security Council that the U.S. will strictly cap its funding for U.N. peacekeeping efforts.

“Moving forward, the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget. This is a cap required by U.S. law.”

The law she was referring to dates back well before President Donald Trump to 1993, when President Bill Clinton critiqued the peacekeeping budget in his General Assembly address:

“The U.N.’s operations must not only be adequately funded but also fairly funded.”

The following year, Clinton signed a law capping the U.S. share of the U.N. peacekeeping budget at 25 percent, though it was not strictly enforced. By 2000, the U.S. was back to footing nearly a third of the peacekeeping bill.

Even the spectre of Trump administration budget cuts hasn’t changed that. This year’s peacekeeping budget asks the U.S. to pony up 28.5 percent of the peacekeeping budget.

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