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A/RES/50/211 B


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 July 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 135


           RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

     [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/848/Add.1)]


          50/211. Financing of the United Nations
                  Assistance Mission for Rwanda


                               B


     The General Assembly,

     Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on
the financing of the United Nations Assistance Mission for
Rwanda  1/ and the related report of the Advisory Committee
on Administrative and Budgetary Questions,  2/

     Recalling Security Council resolution 1029 (1995) of
12 December 1995, by which the Council adjusted and extended the
mandate of the Assistance Mission for a final period until
8 March 1996, as well as all previous Council resolutions on the
Mission,

     Recalling also its resolution 48/248 of 5 April 1994 on the
financing of the Assistance Mission and its subsequent
resolutions and decisions thereon, the latest of which was
resolution 50/211 A of 23 December 1995,

     Reaffirming that the costs of the Assistance Mission 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 further its previous decisions regarding the fact
that, in order to meet the expenditures caused by the Assistance
Mission, a different procedure is required from that 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
Assistance Mission 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 Assistance Mission
on a current basis, including reimbursement to current and former
troop-contributing States,

     1.   Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda as at 21 May 1996,
including the contributions outstanding in the amount of
48,946,102 United States dollars, representing 10 per cent of the
total assessed contributions from the inception of the Assistance
Mission to the period ending 8 March 1996, notes that some 23 per
cent of the Member States have paid their assessed contributions
in full, and urges all other Member States concerned, in
particular 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, in particular as regards the
reimbursement of troop contributors, which bear burdens owing to
overdue payments by Member States of their assessments;

     3.   Expresses its appreciation to those Member States which
have paid their assessed contributions in full;

     4.   Urges all other Member States to make every possible
effort to ensure payment of their assessed contributions to the
Assistance Mission in full and on time;

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


     6.   Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary
action to ensure that the Assistance Mission is administered with
a maximum of efficiency and economy;

     7.   Approves, on an exceptional basis, the special
arrangements for the Assistance Mission with regard to the
application of article IV of the financial regulations of the
United Nations, whereby appropriations required in respect of
obligations owed to Governments providing contingents and/or
logistic support for the Mission shall be retained beyond the
period stipulated under financial regulations 4.3 and 4.4, as set
out in the annex to the present resolution;

     8.   Decides to keep under review the amounts budgeted for
the reimbursement of contingent-owned equipment, pending
completion of the processing of outstanding claims for
reimbursement for contingent-owned equipment with respect to the
Assistance Mission;

     9.   Decides also to appropriate to the Special Account for
the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda the amount of
19,745,000 dollars gross (19,462,700 dollars net) for the
withdrawal of the Assistance Mission for the period from 9 March
to 19 April 1996;

     10.  Decides further, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion
the amount of 19,745,000 dollars gross (19,462,700 dollars net)
for the period from 9 March to 19 April 1996 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, 47/218 A of 23 December 1992, 49/249 A of 20
July 1995, 49/249 B of 14 September 1995 and 50/224 of 11 April
1996 and its decisions 48/472 A of 23 December 1993 and 50/451 B
of 23 December 1995, and taking into account the scale of
assessments for the year 1996, as set out in resolution 49/19 B
of 23 December 1994 and decision 50/471 A of 23 December 1995;

     11.  Decides 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 10 above, their respective share in the Tax
Equalization Fund of the estimated staff assessment income of
282,300 dollars approved for the period from 9 March to
19 April 1996;

     12.  Decides also to appropriate the amount of 4,632,500
dollars gross (4,152,200 dollars net) for the administrative
closing of the Assistance Mission for the period subsequent to 19
April 1996, inclusive of the amount of 50,200 dollars for the
support account for peace-keeping operations, to be apportioned
among Member States in accordance with the scheme set out in the
present resolution;

     13.  Decides further that, in accordance with the provisions
of its resolution 973 (X), there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph
12 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of
the estimated staff assessment income of 480,300 dollars approved
for the period subsequent to 19 April 1996;

     14.  Takes note of the preliminary report of the Secretary-
General on the disposition of the assets of the Assistance
Mission,  3/ and requests him to submit to the General
Assembly a full report thereon by 27 November 1996;

     15.  Invites voluntary contributions to the Assistance
Mission 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;

     16.  Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-first session the item entitled "Financing of the United
Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda".


                                            120th plenary meeting
                                                      7 June 1996


                              ANNEX

Special arrangements with regard to the application of article IV
of the financial regulations of the United Nations

1.   At the end of the twelve-month period provided for in
financial regulation 4.3, any unliquidated obligations of the
financial period in question relating to goods supplied and
services rendered by Governments for which claims have been
received or which are covered by established reimbursement rates
shall be transferred to accounts payable; such accounts payable
shall remain recorded in the Special Account for the United
Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda until payment is effected;

2.   (a)  Any other unliquidated obligations of the financial
period in question owed to Governments for goods supplied and
services rendered, as well as other obligations owed to
Governments, for which required claims have not yet been
received, shall remain valid for an additional period of four
years following the end of the twelve-month period provided for
in financial regulation 4.3;

     (b)  Claims received during this four-year period shall be
treated as provided under paragraph 1 of the present annex, if
appropriate;

     (c)  At the end of the additional four-year period, any
unliquidated obligations shall be cancelled and the then
remaining balance of any appropriations retained therefor shall
be surrendered.


                              Notes

1/        A/50/712/Add.1 and 2.

2/        A/50/936.

3/        A/50/712/Add.2.

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