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Turkish president slams US plan to cut UN funding

Monitoring Desk

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday criticized the U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to cut funding of the United Nations.

“The U.S. will apparently withdraw its [financial] support on the UN. I think you said you are a democrat, you believed in democracy. In this case, you are a democrat if everything goes as you wish,” Erdogan said while speaking at the provincial congress of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in northwestern province of Duzce. On Tuesday, the U.S. an-nounced that it would reduce its funding of the UN by $285 million for the coming fiscal year.

The announcement by Niki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the UN, came shortly after UN member nations voted overwhelmingly to oppose a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusa-lem as the capital of Israel — a move that drew condemnation and protests from across the Arab and Muslim world.

On Dec. 21, the full 193-member UN General Assembly met for a rare emergency special session regarding Trump’s decision. Unlike at the Security Council, the U.S. has no veto power in the assembly.

A total of 128 members voted in favor of the resolution while nine countries voted against it and 35 others abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.

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  1. The UN is paralyzed with the same malady that destroyed the League. Bureaucratic arrogance coupled with corruption and incompetence rendered the League ineffective and that was without U.S. meddling. Like most other member nations, Turkey contributes only about .003 (three tenths of one percent) of the amount contributed by the U.S. I haven’t run the numbers but it’s clear a number of nations that haven’t contributed anything yet also voted against the U.S. Most Americans have turned against the U.N. and have demanded that the U.S. resign its seat. They’d prefer that UN headquarters be moved to Geneva where most of the UN good occurs. Most Americans would fundamentally transform the UN facility into a home for constitutional republics and democratic nations that support free enterprise, self reliance and self defense. Their new function would be limited to mutual defense. I’m thinking Turkey contributed more to the UN demise than the opinion was worth.

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