US withdraws from UNESCO, accuses the organisation of anti-Israel bias

Washington would establish an "observer mission" to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2017 10:14 am
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The United States on Thursday announced that it is to withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation, accusing the body of”anti-Israel bias.” Washington would establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018. The US will remain a full member of UNESCO until that time.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

She said the Department of State today notified United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation Director-General Irina Bokova of the US decision to withdraw from the organisation and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO.

“The US indicated to the Director General its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organisation, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education,” Nauert said.

Paris-based UNESCO, which began work in 1946, is known for designating World Heritage sites.

UNESCO, the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations, expressed regret over the United States’ official decision to leave its organisation. “After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO,” said UNESCO director general Irina Bokova in a statement.

Bokova added that the U.S. decision marked a loss for multilateralism and for the UN family. The United States had cancelled its substantial budget contribution to UNESCO in 2011 in protest at a decision to grant the Palestinians full membership.

(With agencies inputs)

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  1. S
    Oct 13, 2017 at 4:19 am
    Next should be bharatiya fuhrer to prove jhandelwalan's friendship with the Zionists
    1. John Abram
      Oct 13, 2017 at 4:12 am
      Good riddance. I wish US leave UN Security Council too. This world would be a better place without US.
      1. P
        Oct 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm
        actually UNHRC is worst from the beginning, it is hijacked by islamists and biased countries.
        1. P
          Oct 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm
          how can you have around 50 islamic countires and expect UN to be neutral objective. How can UN let any of its member state to be having a state religion, does UN not know what is Sharia?
          1. D
            Oct 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm
            Saudi Arabia is on Jewish payroll and deeply linked to Israel. No secret. Remember the Jews and Arabs are cousins Semites children of Ibrahim.
            1. N
              Oct 12, 2017 at 11:54 pm
              true brother. Ruling parties in India have always taken side of terrorists from Pakistan, Somalia, Burma to Palestine, who have from times immemorial cuted enlightened people of Europe, Israel, India.
              1. D
                Dinesh Kumar Vohra
                Oct 13, 2017 at 12:11 am
                Israel is lap-dog of the USA and survives only due to the USA. Israel is also close to quite a few Islamic fundamentalists. India should follow the statesman Mr. Putin who liquidated the Islamic terrorists yet gives full respect to all religions including Islam. Kill the terrorists selectively.
            2. D
              Oct 12, 2017 at 10:45 pm
              The Jews have absolute control on the USA. Now the Jews have entered India due to Modi. Soon decadent values, greed for money and loss of culture will occur. The Jews are now trying to Semitize Aryan India, since they cannot, now they have started places Swastikas (by fake data) and Aryan words into Semitic scripts. In fact China is linked to the Jews and via China small Pakistan is linked to the Jews. Dawn is totally controlled by the Jews. The Jews think India, Germany, Iran is also the USA. But this is foolishness for sure. They should wake up.
              1. A
                Oct 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm
                Israel USA gundagiri! After all US foreign policy runs through Israel.
                1. M
                  Manjul K. Mundkar
                  Oct 12, 2017 at 11:22 pm
                  The Jews have no control in India, Germany, Russia, Iran, etc. But due to Modi they are slowly but surely entering India. They are building influence in India by picking up people (of low IQ) and marrying with them. All the tribal areas of Himachal are full of Jews and they have produced kids with the tribals. They are also Hebrew signs all over.
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