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Nov 09, 2013

UN-UNESCO-Palestine-U.S.-Israel-voting-rights-forfeit-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Patrick Goodenough, CNS News

(Update: The U.S. lost its voting rights at UNESCO on Friday. U.S. ambassador David Killion and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki both reiterated that the administration remains committed to getting U.S. funding restored in order to regain its position as a voting member.)

(CNSNews.com) – The United States has decided not to request a special exemption that would allow it to retain its voting rights at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the move is expected to take effect at the agency’s General Conference on Friday.

U.S. contributions to the Paris-based organization are two years in arrears because the Obama administration was obliged by law to cut funding after UNESCO admitted “Palestine” as a full member in 2011.

The administration reluctantly cut the funding, urging Congress to provide waiver authority to enable it to resume. That has not happened and the arrears have now accumulated to a point where voting rights are forfeit.

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