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Payment of the United States Debt to the United Nations

1998 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS the United States owes the United Nations (UN) approximately $1.6 billion in dues;

WHEREAS Canada has paid its UN dues in full and on time;

WHEREAS any UN member state that fails to pay its dues for two consecutive years may lose its vote in the UN General Assembly;

WHEREAS if the United States makes no further payment in 1998, it could lose its vote by December 31;

WHEREAS as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and in fulfillment of its treaty obligations as a signatory to the UN Charter, the United States should support the UN according to its dues obligations under the UN Charter; and

WHEREAS, because of amendments unrelated to the primary obligation of the United States to pay its debt of dues, legislation addressing this issue is currently stalled in the United States Congress;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 1998 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association calls on the Association and its member congregations to urge the United States to pay its obligations to the UN promptly, in full, and without any reservations or conditions.

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