U.S. Withholds U.N. Aviation Dues, Calls For Immediate Whistleblower Protections

www.oann.com | 6/16/2017 | Staff
MONTREAL (Reuters) – The United States is withholding its dues to the U.N.’s aviation agency, arguing the body needs to move quickly with reforms like expanding public access to documents and giving greater protections to whistleblowers, U.S. government and aviation sources told Reuters this week.

The United States has been advocating for greater transparency and protection for whistleblowers at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), after an insider’s account of a 2016 cyberattack at the agency generated fallout when it was reported in the media this year.

US - Officials - ICAO - Severity - Breach

U.S. officials have accused ICAO of downplaying the severity of the breach and have called on the organization to be more open.

“We expect a lot from ICAO. We expect ethical and efficient management,” a U.S. State Department official told Reuters. “We expect transparent and trustworthy governance. And we expect accountability for performance and conduct.”

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It is the latest instance of Washington clashing with a United Nations body under the Trump administration, which has questioned the value of multilateralism and management practices at the international organization.

The United States has quit the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, and cut funding last year to the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), calling its fiscal practices “irredeemably flawed.”

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The United States provides almost a quarter of Montreal-based ICAO’s annual budget of around C$100 million ($76 million), but Washington told the agency’s triennial assembly this week it would not pay “until further notice,” one of the sources said.

Washington is embroiled in a separate controversy involving a whistleblower who alleged U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Dispute - Trump - Administration - Legitimacy - Whistleblower

In that dispute, however, the Trump administration is questioning the legitimacy of the whistleblower who provided information on Trump’s July 25 call to the president of Ukraine.

ICAO said on Tuesday by email that it had already...
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