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A/RES/50/234


General Assembly

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22 July 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 124 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/970)]


            50/234.  Financing of the United Nations Iraq-
                     Kuwait Observation Mission

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the      
       financing of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission 
1/ and the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions,  2/

      Recalling Security Council resolutions 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991
and 689 (1991) of 9 April 1991, by which the Council decided to
establish the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission and to
review the question of its termination or continuation every six
months,

      Recalling also its resolution 49/245 of 12 July 1995 on the
financing of the Observation Mission,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Observation Mission that are
not covered by voluntary contributions 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 Observation 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,

      Expressing its appreciation for the substantial voluntary
contributions made to the Observation Mission by the Government of
Kuwait and the contributions of other Governments,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the
Observation Mission with the necessary financial resources to enable
it to fulfil its responsibilities under the relevant resolutions of
the Security Council,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission as at 21 May 1996, including
the contributions outstanding in the amount of 22,761,490 United
States dollars, representing 11 per cent of the total assessed
contributions from the inception of the Observation Mission to the
period ending 30 April 1996, notes that some 34 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 its continued appreciation for the decision of the
Government of Kuwait to defray two thirds of the cost of the
Observation Mission, effective 1 November 1993;

      3.    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;

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

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

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

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

      8.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission the amount of 21,742,800
dollars gross (19,129,200 dollars net) authorized and apportioned by
the General Assembly in paragraph 16 of its resolution 49/245 for the
period from 1 July 1995 to 30 June 1996;

      9.    Decides also to appropriate the amount of 52,141,900 dollars
gross (50,071,000 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Observation
Mission for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, inclusive of
the amount of 1,396,500 dollars for the support account for peace-
keeping operations, two-thirds share of this amount, equivalent to
33,380,667 dollars, to be funded through voluntary contributions from
the Government of Kuwait, subject to the review by the Security
Council with regard to the question of termination or continuation of
the Mission;

      10.   Decides further, as an ad hoc arrangement, taking into
consideration the funding through voluntary contributions from the
Government of Kuwait of the two-thirds share of the cost of the
Observation Mission, equivalent to 33,380,667 dollars, to apportion
the amount of 18,761,233 dollars gross (16,690,333 dollars net),
representing one third of the cost of the maintenance of the
Observation Mission for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997,
to be assessed on Member States at the monthly rate of 1,563,436
dollars gross (1,390,861 dollars net), 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 years 1996 and 1997, as set out in its resolution
49/19 B of 23 December 1994 and its decision 50/471 A of
23 December 1995, subject to the review by the Security Council with
regard to the question of termination or continuation of the
Observation Mission;

      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 2,070,900 dollars approved for
the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      12.   Decides also that, for Member States that have fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observation Mission, there shall be
set off against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 10
above, their respective share in the unencumbered balance of 6,917,700
dollars gross (7,816,700 dollars net) for the period ending 31 October
1993;

      13.   Decides further that, for Member States that have not
fulfilled their financial obligations to the Observation Mission,
their share of the unencumbered balance of 6,917,700 dollars gross
(7,816,700 dollars net) for the period ending 31 October 1993 shall be
set off against their outstanding obligations;

      14.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Observation 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;

      15.   Decides to keep the sub-item entitled "United Nations Iraq-
Kuwait Observation Mission", under the agenda item entitled "Financing
of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 687
(1991)", under review during its fiftieth session.


                                                         120th plenary meeting
                                                                   7 June 1996


                                     Notes

1/          A/50/892.

2/          A/50/950.

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