24 June 2010
General Assembly
GA/10955

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-fourth General Assembly                              

Plenary                                                    

101st Meeting (PM)


General Assembly Adopts Peacekeeping Budget of $7.2 Billion

 

for Financial Year 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011

 


Also Adopts Consensus Text on Cross-Cutting Issues,

Including Increased Death Benefit, Global Field Support Strategy


Acting on the recommendations of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly this afternoon adopted a peacekeeping budget of $7.2 billion for the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.


The amount approved today provided for 15 peacekeeping missions, the Logistics Base in Brindisi and the peacekeeping support account.  The breakdown of the appropriation is as follows:


Mission

Amount approved

AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia)

$178.22 million

MINURCAT ( Mission in Central African Republic and Chad)

$215 million

MINURSO ( Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara)

$57.13 million

MINUSTAH (Stabilization Mission in Haiti)

$380 million

MONUC (Organization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo)

$1.37 billion

UNAMID (Hybrid Operation in Darfur)

$1.82 billion

UNDOF (Disengagement Observer Force)

$47.81 million

UNFICYP (Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus)

$56.33 million

UNIFIL (Interim Force in Lebanon)

$518.71 million

UNMIK ( Mission in Kosovo)

$47.87 million

UNMIL ( Mission in Liberia)

$524 million

UNMIS ( Mission in Sudan)

$938 million

UNMIT (Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste)

$206.31 million

UNOCI (Operation in Côte d’Ivoire)

$485.08 million

United Nations Office to the African Union

$10.17 million

Brindisi

$68.17 million

Support Account

$356.03 million


The text for each Mission contained different provisions on how the sums were to be apportioned among Member States and specified any offsets that might apply.


All resolutions were adopted without a vote, except the text on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which, by a recorded vote, received 131 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstention(Côte d’Ivoire).  (For details of the vote, see Annex II)


Prior to action on the text as a whole, a separate recorded vote was held on the paragraphs referring to several previous resolutions that called for Israel to pay $1.12 million for the damage resulting from a 1996 incident at the UNIFIL headquarters in Qana, Lebanon.  The paragraphs were retained by a vote of 79 in favour to 5 against ( Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, United States), with 47 abstentions.  (Annex I)


The Assembly also adopted a consensus draft resolution on cross-cutting issues, a six-part resolution that, among others, increased the level of compensation for death for all categories of uniformed personnel and addressed the new global field support strategy being proposed by the Department of Field Support under the leadership of Under-Secretary-General Susana Malcorra.  The final proposal on the strategy is to be submitted to the Assembly at its sixty-fifth session. 


Member States were to be consulted on the proposal’s further development, according to one of the provisions, including on functions and resources to be transferred to the global service centre in Brindisi, Italy.  In the context of the new field support strategy, the Assembly decided that the regional service centre at Entebbe, Uganda, would be a family duty station effective 1 July 2011, contingent on and without prejudice to any future decision taken by the Assembly on the designation of duty stations.


And finally, the Assembly decided to defer until its sixty-fifth session its consideration of the financial position of closed peacekeeping missions.


The Assembly will meet again at a time to be announced.


Background


The Assembly met this afternoon to take action on resolutions submitted by its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).


Action on Drafts


The reports of the Fifth Committee were introduced by the Committee’s Rapporteur YULIANA ZHIVKOVA GEORGIEVA ( Bulgaria).


Acting on its first text, the Assembly adopted, without a vote, the resolution on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/64/547/Add.1).  By that resolution, the General Assembly accepted the audited financial statements of United Nations peacekeeping operations for the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, and took note of the observations contained in the report of the Board of Auditors and endorsed its recommendations. 


Further by the draft, the Secretary-General was requested to ensure full implementation of the Board of Auditors’ recommendations, as well as the related recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).  In addition, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to strengthen internal controls in the management of expendable and non-expendable property, strategic deployment stocks and other assets.  It further requested the Secretary-General to continue to indicate an expected time frame for the implementation of the Board’s recommendations and the priorities for their implementation, including office holders to be held accountable.


Continuing, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to ensure that managers were held accountable for identifying priorities, clear time frames and assessing actions to implement the Board’s recommendations.  The Secretary-General was requested to report on that effort in the context of his report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Board of Auditors.  Also in that report, the Secretary-General was to provide a full explanation for delays in implementation of all outstanding recommendations, and to explain the root causes of the recurring issues and measures to be taken.


Turning to a report on administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations (document A/64/820), the Assembly took up a draft resolution on cross-cutting issues (draft resolution I), adopting that six-part resolution without a vote.  The subtopics covered by the draft were budget presentation and financial management; human resources; operational requirements; conduct and discipline; “other” (regarding reimbursement to police- and troop-contributing countries); and the global field support strategy.


In the part under human resources, the draft had the Assembly decide to increase the level of compensation for death for all categories of uniformed personnel to $70,000.  It expressed deep concern about delays in the settlement of claims in respect of death and disability, and requested the Secretary-General to take urgent measures to eliminate the existing backlog of death and disability claims pending for more than three months.


In the part under global field support strategy, the draft had the Assembly note with interest the overall concept of the global field support strategy.  The Assembly authorized the Secretary-General, with prior agreement by ACABQ, to commit up to $100 million from the available balance of the Peacekeeping Reserve Fund if a decision of the Security Council relating to start-up or expansion of peacekeeping operations were to result in the need for expenditure.  The Financial Regulations and Rules of the Organization was amended to reflect a change in the budgeted upper limit for commitments from $50 million to $100 million.  The Secretary-General would also be authorized to commit up to $50 million from the available balance of the stores available from the Organization’s strategic deployment stocks for the same reason.


Among other things, it requested the Secretary-General to further develop specific proposals — in consultation with Member States, in particular troop-contributing countries — on functions and resources to be transferred to the global service centre in Brindisi.  Those proposals were requested to be submitted at the Assembly’s sixty-fifth session.  It would note the opportunity to optimize the use of air assets in Central and Eastern Africa.  It decided that the regional service centre at Entebbe would be a family duty station effective 1 July 2011, contingent on and without prejudice to any future decision taken by the Assembly on the designation of duty stations.


In the part on conduct and discipline, it underlined the great importance of eliminating misconduct, including sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.  It would strongly urge Member States to take all appropriate measures to ensure that crimes by United Nations officials and experts did not go unpunished.


Next, approving, without a vote, a draft resolution on the financing of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi (draft resolution II), the Assembly approved the cost estimates for the Base in the amount of $68.17 million.  By other terms of the text, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to strengthen management of strategic deployment stocks so that the Logistics Base would issue items on a “first in, first out” basis to avoid possible deterioration and obsolescence of strategic deployment stocks.


The Assembly next adopted, without a vote, a draft decision on the support account (draft resolution III), by which terms the Assembly approved requirements of $356.03 million.  It reaffirmed that the support account should be used for financing human resources and non-human resources requirements for backstopping and supporting peacekeeping operations at Headquarters, and that any changes in that limitation would require the prior approval of the General Assembly.  It would also reaffirm the need for adequate funding for backstopping and the need for full justification for that funding in support account budget submissions.


It then adopted a draft decision on closed peacekeeping missions, by which it returned the amount of $291,900, reflecting two thirds of the adjusted net credits available in the account of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission, to the Government of Kuwait.  It also decided to continue to consider the updated financial position of closed peacekeeping missions during its sixty-fifth session.


After its adoption, the representative of the Russian Federation took note of the role played by the representative of Nicaragua, Danilo Rozales, in finding compromise.  He thought, as well, that the Fifth Committee had been able to find solutions because it had agreed “not to take any action on recommendations in reports from previous sessions”.  It was to his understanding that the Secretariat would, in the same fashion, not take “any actions recommended in the corresponding reports of previous sessions”.


The Assembly then adopted a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB) (document A/64/821), whose mandate expired on 31 December 2006.  The text provides for ONUB’s removal as an item on the Assembly’s agenda, and the Assembly decided to credit Member States with their share of the net cash available in ONUB’s special account, totalling $9.52 million.  It decided that, for Member States that had not fulfilled their financial obligations to the Operation, their respective share should be offset against their outstanding obligations.  The text also provided for updated information on the financial position of the Operation to be included in the report on the updated position of closed peacekeeping missions, to be considered by the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.


Next, approving, without a vote, a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/64/822), the Assembly approved the cost estimates of $485.08 million for the maintenance of the mission in 2010/11.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the Operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $7.02 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.  The Assembly further decided that the increase of $47,900 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


Also adopted without a vote was a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/64/823), by which the Assembly appropriated $56.33 million for the maintenance of the mission in 2010/11.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $517,502.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset by that amount.  The Assembly further decided that the increase of $76,100 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of the unencumbered balance.


In addition, the Assembly noted with appreciation that one third of the net appropriation would be funded through voluntary contributions from the Government of Cyprus, and $6.5 million from the Government of Greece.  Taking account of its voluntary contribution for the financial period ended 30 June 2009, the Assembly recommended that the prorated share of $314,186 in other income in respect of the period ended 30 June 2009 should be returned to the Government of Greece.


The Assembly next adopted, without a vote, a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) (document A/64/824), by which terms the Assembly appropriated $1.37 billion for the maintenance of the Mission in 2010/11.  The sum of $682.5 million was to be apportioned on Member States at a monthly rate of $113.75 million from 1 July to 31 December 2010, to be offset by their respective share of the Tax Equalization Fund of $15.23 million.


States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $51.86 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset by their share of that same balance.


By the draft, the Assembly further decided that the decrease of $16,300 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of the unencumbered balance.


The Assembly then adopted a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) (document A/64/825), by which it appropriated $206.31 million to the Mission for the 2010/11 period.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation had an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $6.78 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset by that amount.


The text further decided that the increase of $662,000 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of the unencumbered balance.


Next, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution, without a vote, on financing of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) (document A/64/826), whose mandate was terminated in July 2008.  The text provided for the return of nearly $16.5 million of net cash in UNMEE’s special account to States that have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission, representing credits due to Member States in respect of the period ended 30 June 2008 ($14.74 million) and the period ended 30 June 2009 ($1.76 million).  For Member States that had not fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission, their share of the net cash should be offset against their outstanding obligations.  In addition, the text had the Assembly take note of an additional $9.36 million in the Mission’s account resulting from an unencumbered balance and an accumulation of “other income” as at 30 June 2009.  The treatment of $7.6 million, representing the balance of credits due to Member States, would be deferred to the Assembly’s sixty-fifth session.


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted next a draft resolution on financing for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/64/774/Add.1), authorizing the Secretary-General to enter into commitments not exceeding $380 million for the period from 1 July to 31 December 2010.  From 1 July 2010 to 15 October 2010, $221.67 million was to be apportioned on Member States and offset by their respective share of the Tax Equalization Fund for that period, amounting to $4.79 million.  From 16 October to 31 December 2010, $158.33 million was to be apportioned on Member States, to be offset by their respective share of the Tax Equalization Fund for that period — $3.43 million — subject to a decision by the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Mission.


States that had not fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $9.04 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.  The Assembly would further decide that the increase of $167,400 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


Further by the draft, the Assembly took note of the status of contributions to MINUSTAH as at 30 April 2010, including the contributions outstanding in the amount of $83.7 million, representing 4 per cent of total assessed contributions.  It noted with concern that only 52 Member States had paid their assessed contributions in full.


Next, by a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/64/827), adopted without a vote, the Assembly appropriated $47.87 million for the maintenance of the Mission in 2010/11.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $38.62 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset by their respective share of that amount.  The draft further decides that the increase of $16,900 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


The Assembly also adopted without a vote a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/64/828), by which the Assembly appropriated about $524 million for the maintenance of the Mission in 2010/11.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $23.81 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.  The draft further decides that the decrease of $172,400 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


Also adopted without a vote was a resolution on financing of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/64/829), by which terms the Assembly appropriated an amount of $47.81 million for the 2010/11 period.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $1.93 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.  The increase of $69,200 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


The Assembly then adopted, by a recorded vote of 131 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 1 abstentions (Côte d’Ivoire), a resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/64/830), which had the Assembly appropriate $518.71 million for the maintenance of the mission in 2010/11.  (For details of the recorded vote, see Annex II.)


For Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Force, their apportionment was offset by their respective share of the unencumbered balance and other income accumulated in the financial period ended 30 June 2009 ($101.75 million).  For those that had not fulfilled their financial obligations, their outstanding contribution was offset by their respective share of the same.  A decrease of $336,100 in the estimated staff assessment income was offset against the credits from the unencumbered balance.


In order to reduce the cost of employing General Service staff, the Secretary-General was requested to continue efforts to recruit local staff for UNIFIL against General Service posts.  He would also be asked, again, to make the fullest possible use of facilities and equipment at the Brindisi Logistics Base to minimize the costs of procurement.  A delayed deployment factor of 20 per cent would be applied to military contingents, along with a vacancy rate of 22 per cent for international staff and a vacancy rate of 16 per cent for national staff.


Further, the Assembly took note of $45.6 million in outstanding contributions as at 30 April 2010, and further noted with concern that only 47 Member States had paid their assessed contributions in full.


Also by the text, the Assembly expressed deep concern that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on the financing of UNIFIL, and stressed once again that Israel should strictly abide by those resolutions.  It stressed, once again, that Israel should pay $1.12 million resulting from the incident at Qana on 18 April 1996, and request the Secretary-General to report on this matter to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.


Before voting on the resolution as a whole, the Assembly held a single, separate vote on several paragraphs referring to previous resolutions calling for Israel to pay $1.12 million for the damage resulting from the 1996 incident at the UNIFIL headquarters in Qana, Lebanon.  Those paragraphs were retained by a recorded vote of 79 in favour to 5 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, United States), with 47 abstentions (Annex I).


Speaking in explanation of vote, the representative of Syria said he had joined consensus on both the resolutions relating to UNDOF and UNIFIL as a reflection for his Government’s support for them.  Also, his Government had always believed that financing for those missions should be borne by Israel, the aggressor and occupier, which had called for their establishment in the first place.


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) (document A/64/831), by which terms the Assembly appropriated about $938 million for the maintenance of the Mission in 2010/11.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $48.49 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.  The increase of $2.24 million in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


For the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the Assembly, by the terms of the draft resolution on the financing (document A/64/832), appropriated some $57.13 million for the maintenance of the Mission in 2010/11.  The text was adopted without a vote.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the operation were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $1.64 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.  The increase of $46,300 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


Acting without a vote, the Assembly next adopted a draft resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/64/833), by which it appropriated nearly $1.82 billion for the 2010/11 period.  The Assembly decided to offset the shortfall of $191.57 million for the period ended 30 June 2009 against $130.92 million in “other income” for the same period.  It decided to apportion $60.65 million among Member States, representing the difference between $191.57 million and $130.92 million.  It would further decide that the increase of $2.85 million in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


The Assembly also requested the Secretary-General to ensure that all procurement projects for the Organization were in full compliance with relevant resolutions.  The Secretary-General was to be encouraged, where feasible, to enhance regional and inter-mission cooperation with a view to achieving greater synergies in the use of resources.


Turning to the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), the Assembly then adopted, without a vote, a draft resolution on the financing of that Mission (document A/64/834), by which it authorized the Secretary-General to enter into commitments not exceeding $215 million for the Mission for the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.  In its preamble, the text had the Assembly recall a decision of the Security Council to call on the Secretary-General to complete withdrawal of all uniformed and civilian components, other than those required for the Mission’s liquidation, by 31 December.


The sum of $184.95 million was to be apportioned among Member States and be offset by their respective share of the Tax Equalization Fund of $2.74 million.  States that had fulfilled their obligations to the Operation had an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $31.27 million.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset also by their respective share of that amount.


The text further decides that the decrease of $31,000 in estimated staff assessment income, in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2009, was added to the amounts to be credited to Member States as part of their offset.


The Assembly then turned to the Committee’s report on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/64/553/Add.1), appropriating $178.22 million for financing support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).  In its preamble, the text had the Assembly recall a decision of the Security Council requesting the Secretary-General to continue to provide a logistical support package to AMISOM until 31 January 2011.


States that had fulfilled their obligations were given an additional offset equal to their respective share of an unencumbered balance of $11,700.  States that had not fulfilled their obligations had their outstanding obligations offset, also by their respective share of that amount.


Also adopted without a vote was a resolution on financing of the United Nations Office to the African Union (document A/64/835), by which the Assembly approved $10.17 million for the Office, derived from two sources:  the support account for the 2010/11 period and the 2010-2011 programme budget.  Another $7.67 million was approved for the Office under the support account alone, to be prorated amongst active peacekeeping missions.  It would reduce by $3.9 million the amount proposed for the financing of support for AMISOM for the 2010/11 period, and reduce another $6.87 million proposed for UNAMID.  A sum of $187,100 was appropriated under the programme budget for 2010-2011, to be charged against the contingency fund.


Finally, the Assembly adopted without a vote a draft decision on questions deferred for future consideration (document A/64/596/Add.2), by which the Assembly decided to defer until its sixty-fifth session consideration of the report of the Secretary-General on the updated financial position of closed peacekeeping missions as at 30 June 2009 (document A/64/605); report of ACABQ (documents A/64/659 and Corr.1); report of the Secretary-General on the updated financial position of closed peacekeeping missions as at 30 June 2008 (document A/63/581); and report of ACABQ (document A/63/856).


ANNEX I


Vote on Separate Paragraphs


The separate paragraphs concerning Israeli payment for damages in the draft resolution on financing for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (document A/64/830) were retained by a recorded vote of 79 in favour to 5 against, with 47 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia.


Against:  Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.


Absent:  Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kiribati, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe.


ANNEX II


Vote on Financing of Interim Force in Lebanon


The draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (document A/64/830) was adopted by a recorded vote of 131 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:


In favour:  Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia.


Against:  Israel, United States.


Abstain:  Côte d’Ivoire.


Absent:  Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kiribati, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe.


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