Oct 5, 2011 5:38 PM by James H Egbert

Lawmakers warn UNESCO of loss of US funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are warning the U.N. cultural agency that it stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in U.S. funding if it agrees to admit Palestine as a member before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is concluded.

Two top members of the House panel that oversees such funding say the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization could lose the nearly $80 million U.S. contribution if it follows the recommendation of its board and admits Palestine. Over U.S. objections, the UNESCO board voted earlier Wednesday to recommend Palestine for membership. A vote from the full body is expected later this month.

U.S. law prohibits Washington from funding any U.N. body that accepts non-U.N. member states as members.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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