U.N.: Who Foots the Bill?

Fortnight ago Dag Hammarskjold warned the U.N.'s 99 member nations that his treasury was "virtually empty." He got respectful enough sympathy from everyone else, but as usual, it was the U.S. that quietly put up the $20 million, which should carry the U.N. through to the end of the year.

The advance from the U.S. was earmarked for U.N. funds to aid underdeveloped countries, but the U.N. was free to use it as a stopgap to foot the rising bill for the United Nations' Congo operation, which is currently running at $10 million a month. The Russians are already more...

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