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UN chief to lobby Congress Tuesday against UN financing cuts

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees in Kampala, Uganda Friday, June 23, 2017. The United Nations secretary-general is making a plea for the protection of refugees around the world, saying some richer countries haven't been as tolerant as some in Africa, and seeking $8 billion for nearly a million South Sudanese refugees and the host communities that officials say are near the breaking point. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Washington on Tuesday to press Congress not to accept the deep cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations proposed by the Trump administration, which he said “would create an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N.”

Spokeswoman Eri Kaneko announced Friday that Guterres will meet Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress and members of the appropriations and foreign affairs committees.

She said he is also expected to meet “senior members of the president’s cabinet.”

The United States pays 22 percent of the U.N.’s operating budget and over 28 percent of its peacekeeping budget.

The administration’s proposed budget would cut funding for U.N. peacekeeping by over 50 percent. Contributions to international organizations, including the United Nations, would drop by 31 percent.

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