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US government 'negotiates multimillion-dollar cut in UN budget'

The US government has claimed to have negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget.

The US Mission to the UN said that the 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over 285 million dollars (£213m) and that reductions would also be made to the UN's management and support functions.

The announcement did not make clear what effect the budget reduction will have on the US contribution.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the "inefficiency and overspending" of the organisation is well-known, and she would not let "the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked".

She also said that while the mission was pleased with the results of budget negotiations, it would continue to "look at ways to increase the UN's efficiency while protecting our interests".

AP

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