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Is the United Nations actively supporting Soviet-backed guerrilla movements?

That's the claim of the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington. Citing official UN documents, its just-released study asserts that ''since 1975 at least $116 million has been spent or budgeted for what the UN calls 'national liberation movements.' ''

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The report says ''UN support of guerrilla liberation movements ranges from gifts of food, housing, and health services to radio channels for broadcasting propaganda.'' Among the controversial groups getting aid: the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the South-West Africa People's Organization.

One irony: The report claims about 65 percent of the money has come from the US and other Western democracies. The study also notes that ''no backing has been given to pro-Western national liberation movement.''m

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