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    UN Aware of Trump's Proposals to Cut Funding, Ready to Start Negotiations

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    The United Nations is aware of proposals to cut US funding for some of the world body’s major programs and is ready to start discussions regarding the cuts with new US envoy Nikki Haley, UN Secretary-General spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Thursday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The spokesperson expressed confidence the two sides "will work through all these issues," but noted that "we are very much aware of the current environment."

    "The new permanent representative will arrive very shortly. The Secretary-General will have some very good discussions with her and later, I’m sure, with the secretary of state and other members of [the Trump] administration," Dujarric said.

    On Wednesday it was reported that US President Donald Trump’s administration is working on executive orders that would reduce the role of the United States in the United Nations as well as in other international organizations.

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