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U.N. Members Owe $450 Million in Dues

From Reuters

Member states owed the United Nations more than $450 million in back dues at the end of October, according to figures issued in a report Thursday.

More than $269 million of this was for 1988 and about $181 million for previous years. The United States remained the biggest debtor with unpaid budget assessments exceeding $337 million.

Although the United States has paid more than $130 million since the beginning of 1988, it all went toward reducing previous years’ arrears, which still amount to about $122 million, according to the figures.

The Soviet Union, which began the year owing more than $10 million in past dues and nearly $74 million for 1988, has so far paid more than $77 million, leaving it about $7 million in the red.

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Britain, China and France, which with the United States and the Soviet Union make up the permanent members of the Security Council, are among the 75 fully-paid-up members of the 159-nation organization.


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