• A-
  • A
  • A+
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 

US withdraws from UNESCO citing anti-Israel bias

US withdraws from UNESCO citing anti-Israel bias

Washington, 12 October 2017 (MIA) - The State Department says the U.S. is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for "fundamental reform" of the U.N. cultural agency, AP reports. 

In a statement, the State Department said it notified UNESCO director Irina Bokova on Thursday of the decision. The U.S. will seek to have a "permanent observer" status instead.

It says the withdrawal will take effect Dec. 31, 2018. The United States suspended its UNESCO funding in 2011 over its vote to include Palestine as a member, and now owes about $550 million in back payments.

U.S. officials said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision and that it was not discussed with other countries but an internal U.S. government deliberation.

The officials, who were not authorized to be publicly named discussing the issue, said U.S. is notably angry over UNESCO resolutions denying Jewish connections to holy sites and references to Israel as an occupying power. lk/15:36

###

All Rights Reserved.This material may not be stored, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form, except with the prior express permission of Macedonian Information Agency.



Mosaic

Quentin Tarantino 'knew enough to do more' about Harvey Weinstein

Director Quentin Tarantino has expressed remorse a...

Turkish gendarmerie frees 7,500 poached frogs

Police in central Turkey on Tuesday freed 7,500 fr...

Vietnam woman gives birth to 7 kg baby

A Vietnamese mother had the shock of her life when...

Gerard Butler in hospital after motorcycle accident

Gerard Butler has reportedly been rushed to hospit...

Top