UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (LSN) — In light of US reservations about paying so-called ‘debts’ to the UN, Japan recommended Monday that the General Assembly consider forcing UN members to pay their bills. The Republican-controlled Congress is withholding up to $1.4 billion in USarrears, partly because of the UN’s push for global abortion on demand.
The abortion issue is likely to become blurred with economic considerations as the US attempts to have its share of the UN burden decreased. Without mentioning the US by name, Hisashi Owada, Japanese Ambassador to the UN said the U.N. financial crisis was due to the failure of “some member-states’’ to pay their bills. He went on to say, “In the view of my delegation, it is high time that we gave serious consideration to the possibility of introducing some concrete measures to compel member-states to pay their contributions.’‘