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A/RES/50/20


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
20 December 1995


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 122 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/792)]


            50/20.   Financing of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force  1/ and
the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions,  2/

      Bearing in mind Security Council resolution 350 (1974) of 31 May
1974, by which the Council established the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force, and the subsequent resolutions by which
the Council extended the mandate of the Force, the latest of which was
resolution 996 (1995) of 30 May 1995,

      Recalling its resolution 3211 B (XXIX) of 29 November 1974 on the
financing of the United Nations Emergency Force and the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force, and its subsequent resolutions thereon,
the latest of which was resolution 49/225 of 23 December 1994, and
decision 49/413 B of 12 July 1995,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the United Nations Disengagement
Observer Force are expenses of the Organization to be borne by Member
States in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 2, of the Charter of
the United Nations,

      Recalling also its previous decisions regarding the fact that, in
order to meet the expenditures caused by the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force, a different procedure is required from
the one applied to meet expenditures of the regular budget of the
United Nations,

      Taking into account the fact that the economically more developed
countries are in a position to make relatively larger contributions
and that the economically less developed countries have a relatively
limited capacity to contribute towards such an operation,

      Bearing in mind the special responsibilities of the States
permanent members of the Security Council, as indicated in General
Assembly resolution 1874 (S-IV) of 27 June 1963, in the financing of
such operations,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force with the necessary financial
resources to enable it to fulfil its responsibilities under the
relevant resolutions of the Security Council,

      Concerned that the Secretary-General continues to face
difficulties in meeting the obligations of the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force on a current basis, including
reimbursement to current and former troop-contributing States,

      Concerned also that the surplus balances in the Suspense Account
for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force have been used to
meet expenses of the Force in order to compensate for the lack of
income resulting from non-payment and late payment by Member States of
their contributions,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force as at 20 November 1995, including
the contributions unpaid in the amount of 64,565,741 United States
dollars, representing 6 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Force to the period ending 30 November 1995,
notes that some 30 per cent of the Member States have paid their
assessed contributions in full, and urges all other Member States
concerned, particularly those in arrears, to ensure the payment of
their outstanding assessed contributions;

      2.    Expresses concern about the financial situation with regard
to peace-keeping activities, particularly as regards the reimbursement
of troop contributors, owing to overdue payments by Member States of
their assessments; 

      3.    Urges all Member States to make every possible effort to
ensure the payment of their assessed contributions to the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force promptly and in full;

      4.    Endorses the observations and recommendations contained in
the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions; 2/

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action
to ensure that the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force is
administered with a maximum of efficiency and economy;

      6.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force the amount of 16,065,498 dollars
gross (15,564,000 dollars net), authorized and apportioned by the
General Assembly in paragraph 11 of its resolution 49/225 for the
operation of the Force for the period from 1 June to 30 November 1995,
inclusive;

      7.    Authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into commitments
for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force at a rate not to
exceed 2,679,000 dollars gross (2,603,000 dollars net) per month for a
period up to seven months from 1 December 1995, should the Security
Council decide to continue the Force beyond the period of six months
authorized under its resolution 996 (1995), the said amount to be
apportioned among Member States in accordance with the scheme set out
in the present resolution;

      8.    Decides, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion the amount
referred to in paragraph 7 above among Member States in accordance
with the composition of groups set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 of
General Assembly resolution 43/232 of 1 March 1989, as adjusted by the
Assembly in its resolutions 44/192 B of 21 December 1989, 45/269 of 27
August 1991, 46/198 A of 20 December 1991 and 47/218 A of 23 December
1992 and its decision 48/472 A of 23 December 1993, and taking into
account the scale of assessments for the years 1995 and 1996,  3/
subject to the decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate
of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force beyond 30 November
1995 and the mandate periods to be decided upon by the Council;

      9.    Decides also that, in accordance with the provisions of its
resolution 973 (X) of 15 December 1955, there shall be set off against
the apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 8
above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the
estimated staff assessment income of 532,000 dollars for the period
from 1 December 1995 to 30 June 1996, inclusive;

      10.   Decides further that there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 8
above, their respective share in the estimated other income of 9,000
dollars for the period from 1 December 1995 to 30 June 1996,
inclusive;

      11.   Decides that there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 8
above, their respective share in the unencumbered balance of 805,000
dollars gross (891,000 dollars net) for the period from 1 December
1993 to 30 November 1994, inclusive, pursuant to General Assembly
decision 49/413 B;

      12.   Invites voluntary contributions to the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force in cash and in the form of services and
supplies acceptable to the Secretary-General, to be administered, as
appropriate, in accordance with the procedure established by the
General Assembly in its resolutions 43/230 of 21 December 1988, 44/192
A of 21 December 1989 and 45/258 of 3 May 1991;

      13.   Decides also to keep the sub-item entitled "United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force", under the agenda item entitled
"Financing of the United Nations peace-keeping forces in the Middle
East", under review during its fiftieth session.


                                                          76th plenary meeting
                                                               1 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/          A/50/386 and Corr.1.

2/          A/50/694.

3/          See resolution 49/19 B.


   

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