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A/RES/50/237


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

9 August 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 132


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/820/Add.1)]


            50/237.  Financing of the United Nations Observer
                     Mission in Georgia


      The General Assembly,

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

      Recalling Security Council resolution 854 (1993) of
6 August 1993, by which the Council approved the deployment of an
advance team of up to ten United Nations military observers for a
period of three months and the incorporation of the advance team into
a United Nations observer mission if such a mission was formally
established by the Council,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 858 (1993) of
24 August 1993, by which the Council decided to establish the United
Nations Observer Mission in Georgia, and the subsequent resolutions by
which the Council extended the mandate of the Observer Mission,
the most recent of which was resolution 1036 (1996) of 12 January
1996,

      Recalling further its decision 48/475 A of 23 December 1993 on
the financing of the Observer Mission and its subsequent resolutions
and decisions thereon, the latest of which was decision 50/449 of 22
December 1995,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Observer 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 its previous decisions regarding the fact that, in
order to meet the expenditures caused by the Observer 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,

      Noting with appreciation that voluntary contributions have been
made to the Observer Mission,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Observer
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 Observer Mission in Georgia as at 21 May 1996, including the
contributions outstanding in the amount of 1.7 million United States
dollars, representing 5 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Observer Mission to the period ending 30
June 1996, notes that some 27 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 Observer
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 Observer Mission is administered with a maximum of
efficiency and economy;

      7.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Observer Mission in Georgia the amount of 7,606,650 dollars
gross (7,102,200 dollars net), already authorized and assessed under
the terms of General Assembly resolution 49/231 B of 12 July 1995, for
the period from 13 January to 30 June 1996;

      8.    Decides also to appropriate the amount of 17,089,600 dollars
gross (16,023,400 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Observer
Mission for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, inclusive of
the amount of 413,500 dollars for the support account for
peace-keeping operations, to be assessed on Member States at a monthly
rate of 1,424,100 dollars gross (1,335,300 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 Observer Mission beyond
12 July 1996;

      9.    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 8 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated staff assessment income of 1,066,200 dollars approved
for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      10.   Decides that, for Member States that have fulfilled their
financial obligations to the Observer Mission, there shall be set off
against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 8 above, their
respective share in the unencumbered balance of 512,136 dollars gross
(339,846 dollars net) in respect of the period ending 15 May 1995;

      11.   Decides also that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observer Mission, their share of
the unencumbered balance of 512,136 dollars gross (339,846 dollars
net) for the period ending 15 May 1995 shall be set off against their
outstanding obligations;

      12.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Observer 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;

      13.   Invites Member States to make voluntary contributions to the
trust fund established in accordance with paragraph 10 of Security
Council resolution 937 (1994) of 21 July 1994;

      14.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session the item entitled "Financing of the United Nations
Observer Mission in Georgia".

                                                    120th plenary meeting
                                                              7 June 1996


                                     Notes

1/   A/50/731/Add.1 and Corr.1.

2/   A/50/890.

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