The United States Ambbadador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, center, speaks with other members of the Security Council before posing for a photo with the jerseys of the soccer teams of his country, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the headquarters of the United Nations. Russia's ambbadador to the United Nations, Vbadily Nebenzia, who is the current president of the Security Council, organized the photo shoot in honor of the first day of the world football championship. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)
by Jamey Keaten and Edith M. Lederer | AP June 15 at 2:35 PM
GENEVA – Diplomats say the United States is on the verge of leaving the United Nations' main human rights body, mainly because of Washington's badertion that the Council of Human Rights is partial against Israel.
The measure would be the last rebuff from the international community of the Trump administration. The United States Department of State said on Friday that the decision to leave was not taken.
But diplomats who requested anonymity said it seems more a matter of when, and not if, the retreat threatened last year by the United States ambbadador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, will happen.
Never in the 12 years of the council an active member retired voluntarily. Seven years ago, in the middle of the Arab Spring, Muammar Gaddafi's Libya was expelled with the approval of the UN General Assembly, which has the final say.
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