United Nations: The U.S. Pays Up - Partly

The U.S. Pays Up -- Partly

For the past two years a severe budget crisis has forced the United Nations to cut staff, restrict travel and otherwise curtail the activities of its sprawling bureaucracy. Despite such belt-tightening measures as turning down the thermostats at the New York City headquarters and depriving General Assembly delegates of their traditional water pitchers, Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar recently warned that the organization faced insolvency by the end of this year unless member nations met their financial obligations.

Last week the U.S. responded with a payment of $90 million. Washington, which provides 25% of the annual $800 million budget, has long...