Washington, July 3: The General Assembly of U.N agreed to a significant cut for the U.N Peacekeeping missions on Friday in a heated up argument. Trump’s administration was expecting a bigger reduction in the budget which did not happen. The Assembly’s committee agreed to a $7.3 billion budget for 14 peacekeeping missions for the year starting from July 1. $570 million has been cut from the current budget of $7.87 billion.
The 193-member world body voted by consensus to approve $6.8 billion. It also agreed to an additional $500 million for two missions that are in the throes of downsizing - the joint U.N.-African Union mission in Sudan’s troubled western Darfur region and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
When negotiations in the General Assembly budget committee began, the United Nations was seeking to increase the peacekeeping budget to near $8 billion while the U.S. wanted to cut it to just below $7 billion. In response to the budget, U.S Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “Just 5 months into our time here, we’ve cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we’re only getting started.”
Italy’s U.N. ambassador, Sebastiano Cardi said that the $7.3 billion agreement “was absolutely the proposal by the European Union, so it’s been a satisfactory solution.” He said the cuts didn’t jeopardize the operation of the U.N. missions and were going “to make peacekeeping better.”