Canada decides not to make up UNESCO funding shortfalls

By REUTERS
November 1, 2011 23:05

 
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OTTAWA - Canada will not help make up any funding shortfall to UN cultural agency UNESCO, which is under financial pressure after a vote to grant the Palestinian Authority full membership, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said on Tuesday.

The United States stopped funding UNESCO after Monday's vote, which it said made the Middle East peace process more complicated.

"Under no circumstances will Canada cover the budgeting shortfall as a result of this decision and Canada has decided to freeze all further contributions to UNESCO," Baird told reporters, adding Ottawa was deeply disappointed by the vote.

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