According to press reports, officials and diplomats for the United Nations have announced that the organization’s global peacekeeping missions are on the verge of shutting down if no agreement is reached on its $6 billion budget.
In Reuters reports, diplomats are blaming negotiating procedures, logistics and talks that pit China against Western powers for the inability to reach an agreement on funding.
U.N. head of management strategy, policy and compliance Catherine Pollard told reporters that she has advised the UN’s 12 peacekeeping missions to prepare contingency plans in case a budget is not approved in time by Thursday.
“At the same time, we remain hopeful and confident that member states will conclude their negotiations,” Pollard said, according to Reuters.
According to Pollard, if the budgetary deadline is missed then the UN can only pay to protect U.S. assets and ensure the protection of its staff and peacekeepers.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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