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A/RES/50/235


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

2 August 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 128


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/796/Add.3)]


                  50/235.  Financing of the United Nations
                           Protection Force, the United Nations
                           Confidence Restoration Operation in
                           Croatia, the United Nations Preventive
                           Deployment Force and the United Nations
                           Peace Forces headquarters


      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Protection Force, the United Nations
Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia, the United Nations
Preventive Deployment Force and the United Nations Peace Forces
headquarters  1/ and the related report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions,  2/

      Recalling Security Council resolutions 727 (1992) of 8 January
1992 and 740 (1992) of 7 February 1992, in which the Council endorsed
the sending of a group of military liaison officers to Yugoslavia to
promote maintenance of the cease-fire,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 743 (1992) of          
21 February 1992, by which the Council established the United
Nations Protection Force, and the subsequent resolutions by which the
Council extended and expanded its mandate,

      Recalling further Security Council resolution 981 (1995) of       
31 March 1995, by which the Council established the United
Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia, to be known as
UNCRO,

      Recalling Security Council resolution 983 (1995) of 31 March
1995, by which the Council decided that the United Nations Protection
Force within the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia should be known
as the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 1025 (1995) of
30 November 1995, by which the Council decided to terminate the
mandate of the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in
Croatia on 15 January 1996,

      Recalling further Security Council resolution 1031 (1995) of
15 December 1995, in which the Council decided to terminate the
mandate of the United Nations Protection Force on the date on which
the Secretary-General reported that the transfer of authority from the
United Nations Protection Force to the Implementation Force had taken
place,

      Recalling the letter dated 1 February 1996 from the President of
the Security Council to the Secretary-General informing him of the
Council's concurrence in principle that the United Nations Preventive
Deployment Force become an independent mission,  3/

      Recalling also its resolution 46/233 of 19 March 1992 on the
financing of the United Nations Protection Force and its subsequent
resolutions and decisions thereon, the latest of which was decision
50/481 of 11 April 1996,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the combined Forces 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 combined Forces, 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,

      Noting with appreciation that voluntary contributions have been
made to the combined Forces by certain Governments,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the combined
Forces with the necessary financial resources to enable them to fulfil
their responsibilities under the relevant resolutions of the Security
Council,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the combined
Forces as at 21 May 1996, including the contributions unpaid in the
amount of 738.4 million United States dollars, representing
16 per cent of the total assessed contributions from the inception of
the United Nations Protection Force to the period ending
31 March 1996, notes that some 22 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 combined
Forces 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/ subject to the provisions of the present resolution;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action
to ensure that the combined Forces are administered with a maximum of
efficiency and economy;

      7.    Also requests the Secretary-General to submit the
performance report covering the period from 1 July to 31 December
1995, through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions, to the General Assembly by 15 August 1996;

      8.    Further requests the Secretary-General to clarify, in
consultation with the Member State(s) concerned, the value, calculated
according to standard United Nations procedures, of those budgeted
contributions in kind which served to reduce the amount assessed on
Member States for the rapid reaction capacity, and to report thereon
to the General Assembly as soon as possible;

      9.    Decides that all expenses for the rapid reaction capacity of
the United Nations Protection Force, including the agreed value of
such budgeted contributions in kind, should be included within the
assessed budget for the combined Forces;

      10.   Decides also to review the resource requirements of the
United Nations Protection Force in the light of the performance report
requested in paragraph 7 and the information requested in paragraph 8
above;

      11.   Requests the Secretary-General to return to the Member
States concerned the unspent cash contributions made to the sub-
account for the rapid reaction capacity established pursuant to
paragraph 15 of General Assembly resolution 49/248 of 20 July 1995,
and also requests him to take the necessary steps to close the sub-
account;

      12.   Takes note of the comments of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions, as contained in paragraph 18
of its report, on provisions for reimbursement for contingent-owned
equipment;

      13.   Welcomes the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General to
process outstanding contingent-owned equipment reimbursement claims,
and requests him to take urgent steps to clear the backlog of such
claims to enable speedier liquidation of the combined Forces;

      14.   Decides to keep the amounts budgeted for provision for
reimbursement of contingent-owned equipment under review, pending
completion of the process noted in paragraph 13 above;

      15.   Urges the Secretary-General to review, on an urgent basis,
the concerns regarding decentralization of administrative functions,
such as recruitment and placement, movement control, training,
repatriation and procurement, and reducing the overall number of
administrative staff, which were raised in the report of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, and to report
thereon by 1 July 1996 to the General Assembly;

      16.   Requests the Secretary-General to develop revised cost
estimates for third-party claims and adjustments, following completion
of the thorough study to be completed by the Legal Counsel and taking
into account the issues raised in the report of the Advisory Committee
on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, and to submit them, through
the Advisory Committee, to the General Assembly;

      17.   Decides that any expenditures for disposal of hazardous
wastes, such as contaminated petrol, oil and lubricants, batteries,
used tyres and other wastes, shall be consistent with prior practice
in other missions;

      18.   Decides also to appropriate to the special account referred
to in General Assembly resolution 46/233 the amount of 100 million
dollars gross (99,569,800 dollars net) already authorized and
apportioned under the terms of Assembly resolution 49/248 for the
period from 1 July to 30 November 1995;

      19.   Decides further to appropriate the amount of 115,373,000
dollars gross (113,866,300 dollars net) already authorized by the
General Assembly in its decision 50/410 A of 4 December 1995 for the
period from 1 to 31 December 1995;

      20.   Authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into additional
commitments in the amount of 90,562,100 dollars gross
(89,826,050 dollars net) for the pre-liquidation of the combined
Forces for the period from 1 January to 30 June 1996, taking into 
account the amount of 100 million dollars gross (98,430,700 dollars net)
already authorized by the General Assembly in its decision 50/410 B of 23
December 1995 and the amount of 50 million dollars gross (49,215,350 dollars
net) already authorized by the Assembly in its decision 50/481 of 11 April
1996 for the period from 1 January to 31 May 1996;

      21.   Also authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into
commitments for the liquidation of the combined Forces and the
provision of common support for the three-month period from 1 July to
30 September 1996 at a monthly rate not to exceed 6,231,150 dollars
gross (5,787,200 dollars net), inclusive of the amount of 99,400
dollars for the support account for peace-keeping operations;

      22.   Invites voluntary contributions to the combined Forces 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;

      23.   Decides to revert to the agenda item entitled "Financing of
the United Nations Protection Force, the United Nations Confidence
Restoration Operation in Croatia, the United Nations Preventive
Deployment Force and the United Nations Peace Forces headquarters" at
its resumed fiftieth session.

                                                         120th plenary meeting
                                                                   7 June 1996


                                     Notes

1/   A/50/696/Add.4 and Corr.1 and Add.5.

2/   A/50/903/Add.1.

3/   See S/1996/76.

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