The vote Monday by UNESCO to admit the Palestinians as a member state has pitted the agency against the U.S., which under its 1990s laws will block funding -- beginning next month with a planned payment of $60 million -- that accounts for 22% of the UN agency's total budget. The move by UNESCO has caused concerns among U.S. policymakers, because it opens the door for the Palestinian Authority to seek recognition by the International Atomic Energy Agency or the World Health Organization. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, "We see considerable potential damage if this move is replicated in other UN organizations."

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