After the United States officially announced on December 19 the decision to leave the United Nation Educational Scientific And Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the spokesman for UNESCO's Director-General gave a news conference to underline the organisation's regret.
GV UNESCO headquarters in Paris and flag (2 shots)
SCU & SVs Mr Gerald Bolla, Director General-Adjoint, speaking (ENGLISH SOT) (3 shots)
BOLLA: (SEQ. TWO): "The amount payable by the United States during 1984, which is one half of the amount for two years, was 43,870,500 dollars, from which was deducted an amount of 18,002,680 dollars. At the disposal at the end of 1984 will be 80 million dollars of which the United States will be entitled to receive a credit of 25 per cent which is 20 million. Other financial obligations to UNESCO from the US in an amount of 400,000 dollars, according to our calculations, there is still, as far as we are concerned, some monies due by the United States, taking into account all the reimbursement to which they are entitled, including the working capital fund, by the way. They still owe us money."
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Background: After the United States officially announced on December 19 the decision to leave the United Nation Educational Scientific And Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the spokesman for UNESCO's Director-General gave a news conference to underline the organisation's regret. Gerard Bolla told reporters on December 20 that United States educators, scientists and experts in culture and communication had always made an exceptional contribution to UNESCO. He emphasised the many improvements made in the running of the organisation since the United States gave notice of its decision to withdraw and said he hoped that the USA would soon be able to resume its place among the other 160 member states. Bolla, speaking on behalf of Director-General Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, also pointed out that according to UNESCO calculations, the United States still owed the organisation some money. The USA warned a year ago that it would leave the organisation unless it satisfactorily improved the management of its resources and ceased what it called "excessive politicisation in favour of non-Western powers". This year Britain also gave notice of its intention to withdraw in twelve months' time.