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    The United States has decided not to revoke its two-year-old decision to leave the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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    SV: Francis Blanchard Director-General of International Labour Organisation with members of the media, at United Nations.

    CU: Director-General of ILO making speech.

    SV: members of media asking question PAN TO Director of ILO as he answers.

    CU: Director of ILO answering questions.

    BLANCHARD: "The President of the United States has decided to give effect to the letter of notice of withdrawal from the ILO, which secretary of State Kissinger addressed to me two years ago. I note this decision with regret and surprise. I regret this decision, and I am sure it is a matter of regret for the many member states, who urged the United States to continue its participation in the ILO. Its departure will deprive the world community, gathered together in our organisation to impose a condition upon wages, particularly the poorest among them, of the support of a great country, whose people and leaders have always been commiserate to the progress of humanity, and the defence of freedom."

    QUESTION: "And what does the withdrawal of the United States actually financially and for the work efficiency of to ILO?"

    BLANCHARD: "Well, the, with the pulling out of the US creates a very serious problem in terms of resources. The US as you know pay 25 per cent of of the budget of the ILO. That is to say one fourth of the budget. One fourth of the regular budget. I should explain to you that we have a regular budget, and then in addition to that, we have a substantial amount of money that comes from well, from bi-lateral sources. What is called for example...That is to say money from Sweden, Denmark, Norway etc. The purpose of which is support, back up specific, special programmes, especially, for the benefit of developing countries. But the US withdrawal will be essentially on the regular budget, and there we will be losing 25 per cent of our resources."

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    Background: The United States has decided not to revoke its two-year-old decision to leave the International Labour Organisation (ILO). President Carter said yesterday (1 November) that he was supporting the action taken by the Ford Administration in 1975, and his country would leave the organisation officially on Saturday. In response, the Director General of the ILO, Mr Francis Blanchard said at a news conference at the United Nations that he deeply regretted the decision.

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