United States withdraws from UNESCO

The United States has decided to withdraw from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), AFP is reporting on Thursday.

Source: B92
(Tanjug/AP, file)
(Tanjug/AP, file)

According to the US State Department, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has been informed of the decision.

"The decision was not an easy one to make," a statement is quoted by the media.

According to AP, Washington made the move due to "tensions over Palestine, specifically because of a resolution adopted by UNESCO, which Washington sees as being anti-Israeli."

The US will leave the organization on December 31 - but will maintain a permanent observer mission, it has been announced.

The US, one of the founders of this UN body - stopped financing UNESCO in 2011, after Palestine was granted membership.


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