Coalition Urges Congress, President to Pay UN Debt
20 Sep 10:00
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- As President Clinton prepares to address the United Nations General Assembly this Tuesday, a bundle of more than 40 letters from different member organizations of the Emergency Coalition for U.S. Financial Support of the United Nations will be delivered to members of Congress and the President, urging them to pay the U.S. debt to the U.N. this year.
The United States is the biggest debtor to the U.N., owing over $1.2 billion, and risks losing its vote in the U.N. General Assembly if a significant portion of the debt is not paid by Jan. 1, 2000. These organizations represent hundreds of thousands of activists across the country who believe that the United Nations plays a vital role in promoting peaceful resolutions to conflicts, coordinating humanitarian aid, and providing medical care, food, shelter and clothing for refugees.
Signers of the letters say the U.S. has already damaged its political credibility by not paying its arrears to the U.N. The Emergency Coalition's letter states, "How can the United States continue its leadership in the world if we cannot muster the political will in Washington to honor our own moral and financial commitments to the United Nations."
Organizations sending letters to members of Congress and the President include:
-- Alliance for a Sustainable Future
For copies of any of the letters, contact Linda Jamison at
Founded in early 1997, the Emergency Coalition is a diverse, bipartisan coalition of former high-ranking government officials, including all of the former U.S. Secretaries of State, and more than 110 business, labor, civic, faith-based and humanitarian organizations that have joined together to urge full payment of U.S. legal obligations to the United Nations.
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