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A/RES/50/236


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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 131


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/827/Add.1)]


                50/236.  Financing of the United Nations Peace-
                         keeping Force in Cyprus


      The General Assembly,

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

      Recalling Security Council resolutions 186 (1964) of 4 March
1964, by which the Council established the United Nations Peace-
keeping Force in Cyprus, and 1032 (1995) of 19 December 1995, by which
the Council further renewed the mandate of the Force until 30 June
1996,

      Recalling also its resolution 49/230 of 23 December 1994 on the
financing of the Force,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Force 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 Force, 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 Force by certain Governments,

      Expressing its appreciation to all those Member States and
observer States which have made voluntary contributions to the Special
Account established for the financing of the Force for the period
prior to 16 June 1993,

      Noting that voluntary contributions were insufficient to cover
all of the costs of the Force, including those incurred by troop-
contributing Governments prior to 16 June 1993, and regretting the
absence of an adequate response to appeals for voluntary
contributions, including that contained in the letter dated 17 May
1994 from the Secretary-General to all Member States,  3/ 

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Force
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 Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus as at 21 May 1996, including the
contributions outstanding in the amount of 9,486,206 United States
dollars, representing 14.5 per cent of the total assessed
contributions from 16 June 1993 to the period ending 30 June 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 Force in full
and on time;

      5.    Endorses the recommendations contained in the report of the
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 2/ and
takes note of the observations therein and of the views expressed by
Member States in the Fifth Committee; 

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

      7.    Approves, on an exceptional basis, the special arrangements
for the Force 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 to the Force 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 appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus an amount of 45,079,500 dollars
gross (43,049,600 dollars net) for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30
June 1997, inclusive of an amount of 1,065,900 dollars for the support
account for peace-keeping operations, taking into consideration the
funding through voluntary contributions of the one-third share of the
cost of the Force, equivalent to 14,349,867 dollars, from the
Government of Cyprus and the annual pledge of 6.5 million dollars from
the Government of Greece, subject to the decision of the Security
Council to extend the mandate of the Force beyond 30 June 1996 and the
mandate periods to be decided upon by the Council;

      9.    Decides also, taking into consideration the funding through
voluntary contributions of the one-third share of the cost of the
Force, equivalent to 14,349,867 dollars, from the Government of Cyprus
and the annual pledge of 6.5 million dollars from the Government of
Greece, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion an amount of 24,229,633
dollars gross (22,199,733 dollars net) for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30
June 1997 among Member States at a monthly rate of 2,019,136 dollars gross
(1,849,978 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
decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Force beyond 30
June 1996 and the mandate periods to be decided upon by the Council;

      10.   Decides further 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 9 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated staff assessment income of 2,029,900 dollars approved
for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      11.   Decides to continue to maintain as separate the account
established for the period prior to 16 June 1993 for the Force,
invites Member States to make voluntary contributions to that account,
and requests the Secretary-General to continue his efforts in
appealing for voluntary contributions to the account;

      12.   Invites voluntary contributions to the 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 to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session the item entitled "Financing of the United Nations
Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus".

                                                         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 Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus 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 for 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/50/722/Add.1.

2/   A/50/889.

3/   S/1994/647.

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