United States 'will not pay more than 25% of UN peacekeeping budget'

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

The United States will no longer shoulder more than a quarter of the multibillion-dollar costs of the United Nations' peacekeeping operations, Washington's envoy said Wednesday.

The IED attacks are a "very serious concern", India's Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal told a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on peacekeeping on Wednesday.

Stressing that while Georgia never enjoyed a peacekeeping operation with a full-fledged mandate, the United Nations Observer Mission in (UNOMIG) has played a crucial role in achieving security from 1993.

Haley addressed the council with the news on Wednesday, saying the US will pay no more than 25-percent of the $6.8 billion budget.

The U.N. General Assembly is responsible for determining the peacekeeping budget.

China accounts for the second biggest contribution with a little over 10 percent.

President Donald Trump's administration has complained before that the budget and the US share are too high and pressed to cut to this year's budget. At Washington's urging, the current budget is $570 million below last year's.

Haley said "moving forward", 25 percent will be the limit. The U.S. will work with other members of the organization to ensure the budgetary changes are made in a "fair and sensible manner". Spokesmen for Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declined to comment on Haley's remarks, noting that the 193 U.N. member states will decide the budget.

In his speech, Korneliou stressed that a discussion on peacekeeping operations in the Security Council is a reminder of Cyprus's obligation to express appreciation but also to congratulate the United Nations, the Security Council and all countries contributing troops and personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Most are in African countries. On Tuesday, the Security Council agreed to continue maintaining a 16,000-troop force there for another year, the AP report said.

Some missions have been credited with helping to protect civilians and restore stability, others have been criticized for corruption, ineffectiveness and sexual abuse and exploitation.

Describing UN peacekeeping operations as "a remarkable enterprise of multilateralism and worldwide solidarity", the UN chief emphasised that they nevertheless also suffer as a result of unrealistic demands, and as a result, both lives and credibility are being lost.

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