UN Halts Talks on Terrorism Treaty; U.S. Funding Cut Threatened

(Bloomberg) Diplomats at the UN, divided over Iraq and Palestinian violence, broke off talks on an anti-terrorism treaty, increasing the likelihood that the U.S. will cut funding of the world body, UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said. Eliasson said Washington lawmakers told him two weeks ago that progress on the treaty was critical to stopping Congress from withholding $132 million of the proposed $427 million U.S. contribution to the UN's 2006 budget. The House has passed a bill requiring the funding cut, while a Senate version leaves it to the State Department's discretion.

2005-12-01 00:00:00

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