United Nations: Putting on the Pressure

Putting on the Pressure

Since 1981 the Reagan Administration has made it increasingly plain that the U.S. will not underwrite a profligate organization influenced by anti-American forces -- namely the United Nations. This year the Administration's threats to cut the $210 million U.S. assessment by $67 million have been seconded by congressional Gramm-Rudman budget-cutting efforts. Together the cuts could drop U.S. payments low enough to put the U.N. in fiscal jeopardy.

Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar has countered with his own pressure: he has intimated that he may not accept a second five-year term this fall unless the U.S. continues its financial support of the...

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