UN chief urges US to spend more on peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he urged members of the US Congress to lift a spending cap on UN peacekeeping which is leaving the organization with an annual shortfall of $150 million (€116.2 million) to $200 million (€154.9 million). Ban told reporters after he returned from a two-day trip to Washington that he brought up the current US cap of 25 percent on peacekeeping costs in talks with US President George W. Bush and congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "They said they will discuss this matter," Ban said Wednesday.