Planning to give up, US gained’t pay what it owes WHO this 12 months


WASHINGTON, September 3

The United States is not going to pay some $80 million it owes the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as an alternative redirect the cash to assist pay its United Nations invoice in New York, a US official mentioned.

The United States plans to depart the Geneva-based WHO on July 6, 2021, after President Donald Trump accused it of changing into a puppet for China through the pandemic. The WHO has rejected Trump’s assertion. A WHO spokeswoman mentioned on Thursday in an electronic mail response to a request for remark: “We refer you to our previous statements of regret regarding the US decision to withdraw. We await further details, which we will consider carefully.” Under a 1948 joint decision of the US Congress, Trump needed to give one-year discover of the US withdrawal from the WHO and is required to pay what Washington’s owes for the organisation’s present fiscal 12 months.

Nerissa Cook, State Department Bureau of International Organisation Affairs deputy assistant secretary of state, mentioned the United States at present owes the WHO some $18 million for monetary 12 months 2019 and $62 million for monetary 12 months 2020.

“Those together are being reprogrammed to the UN to pay the regular UN assessment,” mentioned Cook, referring to cash that Washington is required to pay the United Nations in New York.

Lawrence Gostin, a college professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC, mentioned in a tweet that redirecting WHO funds is “unethical…and patently unlawful”. The United States needed to meet all monetary obligations, he mentioned, including: “Trump is acting unilaterally in violation of the law.” Dr Alma Golden, US Agency for International Development assistant administrator for world well being, mentioned that most often Washington had recognized new companions to proceed the worldwide well being help it had carried out with the WHO.

But she mentioned a one-time fee of $68 million can be made to the WHO for well being help in Libya and Syria. Trump’s political rival, former Vice-President Joe Biden, has mentioned he’ll rejoin the WHO if he defeats Trump. — Reuters

Prez had termed well being physique China’s puppet

  • The US plans to depart the WHO on July 6, 2021, after President Donald Trump accused it of changing into a puppet for China through the pandemic.
  • Lawrence Gostin, a college professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC, mentioned in a tweet that redirecting WHO funds is “unethical…and patently unlawful”.
  • Dr Alma Golden, US Agency for International Development assistant administrator for world well being, mentioned a one-time fee of $68 million can be made to the WHO for well being help in Libya and Syria.



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