ISLAMABAD - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is assessing the possible financial impact on its operations across the globe following an aid-cut announced by the US after the UN agency's member states admitted Palestine as new member earlier this week. Whether the disruption of the US $ 80 million annual funding to UNESCO, that make 22 per cent of its $ 363 million annual budget, will have a direct impact on UNESCO operations in Pakistan and elsewhere could only be inferred in the days to come. As of now, the UNESCO delegates from member states are discussing the future strategy to be devised accordingly at the ongoing General Conference (October 23-November 5) in Paris, France. "UNESCO Secretariat will be guided by its member states about how to adjust this budgetary cut, if necessary, and shall make necessary adjustments accordingly, if needed, in all sectors, including education sector, natural science sector, culture sector, social science sector and information and communication sector, as well is UNESCO's field operations' network, under which UNESCO operation in Pakistan is located," said UNESCO Pakistan's Country Director Kozue Kay Nagata, when approached in Paris by phone. "How the adjustment is being made, we do not know at this stage and it is premature to say anything, as full consultation process is still needed to decide. Whether it will have an impact on UNESCO field operations (including Pakistan's) as well as the proposed UNESCO field office reform in African region is not yet known at this stage. Regardless of the uncertainty, UNESCO Islamabad office will assure that we will continue our operations, making full use of UNESCO's technical expertise, intellectual knowledge and field operation experience to meet the priority development demands in Pakistan," she said. Islamabad-based former UNESCO diplomat Atle Hetland believed the US aid cut is not a workable option. "I think they (US) won't be able to implement this decision that was taken in haste. They decided from one day to another to stop UNESCO funding that is hardly going to work. By the way, I don't really think that the $ 80 million is truly an enormous contribution. It won't be having a damaging impact on UNESCO." Referring to the US-UNESCO row during former US President Ronald Reagan era when the US had quit the UN agency membership following a General Assembly's resolution dispute, Hetland said. "The US had pulled out then and was back when things went its way. I think this time it won't work." In a widely perceived pressure building measure, the US had quit UNESCO membership and stopped funding it to get the UN General Assembly resolution 3379 repealed. The same resolution that termed Zionism as a form of racial discrimination was adopted 1975 and repealed in 1991. The resolution, being the only one in UN history ever repealed so far, was widely seen as against Israel's interests. Following a landslide vote in Paris on Monday, Palestine became the 195th state to have acquired the UNESCO membership. Consequently, the US announced disrupting funds to UNESCO but said it would keep its membership at the UN agency. The existing US laws do not allow the US funding to any UN organ, agency or part of the UN Family that gives membership to Palestine Liberation Organisation. Some 173 UNESCO member states approved Palestine's membership with 107 votes in its favour, 14 against and 52 abstentions. The UNESCO has eight associate members, Aruba, Macao China, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Faroes, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Tokelau. An international media agency quotes Palestinian Envoy at UN Ibrahim Khraisihi as saying that the Palestinians wanted the membership of 16 UN agencies and "not just UNESCO". Last September, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas had intensified vying for the UN membership. The development followed his meetings with UN chief Ban Ki-moon and UNGA President Nasir Abdul Aziz Al-Nasser. US President Barrack Obama opposed this move. "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN," he had said while addressing the General Assembly on September 21, the last. UNESCO chief Irina Bokova gave a cautious response, "I am concerned by the potential challenges that may arise to the universality and financial stability of the organisation," she told the reporters on Monday after Palestine became UNESCO member.