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A/RES/50/246


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

26 September 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 126


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/818/Add.1)]


              50/246.  Financing of the United Nations Observer
                       Mission in El Salvador


      The General Assembly,

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

      Recalling Security Council resolution 991 (1995) of 28 April
1995, by which the Council affirmed that the mandate of the Observer
Mission would terminate as at 30 April 1995, as well as all previous
Security Council resolutions on the Observer Mission,

      Recalling also its resolution 45/267 of 21 June 1991 on the
financing of the Observer Mission and its subsequent resolutions and
decisions thereon, the latest of which was decision 50/447 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 by certain Governments,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Observer
Mission with the necessary financial resources to enable it to meet
its outstanding liabilities,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador as at 31 August 1996,
including the contributions unpaid in the amount of 7,804,394 United
States dollars, representing 4 per cent of the total assessed
contributions from the inception of the Observer Mission to the period
ending 31 May 1995, notes that some 45 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;

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

      6.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador the additional amount of 826,000
dollars gross (745,300 dollars net) already authorized by the General Assembly
in its decision 50/447 for the period from 1 December 1994 to 30 April 1995;

      7.    Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion an
additional amount of 826,000 dollars gross (745,300 dollars net) for
the period from 1 December 1994 to 30 April 1995 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 and
47/218 A of 23 December 1992 and its decision 48/472 A of 23 December
1993, the scale of assessments for the year 1994  3/ to be applied
against a portion thereof, that is, 169,580 dollars gross (153,010 dollars
net), which is the amount pertaining on a pro rata basis to the period ending
31 December 1994, and the scale of assessments for the year 1995  4/ to be
applied against the balance, that is, 656,420 dollars gross (592,290 dollars
net) for the period from 1 January to 30 April 1995, inclusive;

      8.    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 7 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated additional staff assessment income of 80,700 dollars
approved for the Observer Mission for the period from 1 December 1994
to 30 April 1995, inclusive, 16,570 dollars being the amount pertaining on a
pro rata basis to the period ending 31 December 1994, and the balance, that
is, 64,130 dollars, approved for the period from 1 January to 30 April 1995,
inclusive;

      9.    Decides to appropriate the additional amount of 16,300
dollars gross (17,700 dollars net) for the period from 1 to 31 May
1995, already authorized by the General Assembly in its decision
50/447, to be apportioned among Member States in accordance with the
scheme set out in the present resolution;

      10.   Decides also that, in accordance with the provisions of its
resolution 973 (X), the apportionment among Member States, as provided
for in paragraph 9 above, shall take into consideration the decrease
in their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the
estimated staff assessment income of 1,400 dollars approved for the
Observer Mission for the period from 1 to 31 May 1995;

      11.   Decides further that, for Member States that have fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observer Mission, there shall be
set off against the apportionments, as provided for in paragraphs 7
and 9 above, their respective share in the amount of 842,300 dollars
gross (763,000 dollars net) from the unencumbered balance of
15,712,958 dollars gross (14,221,605 dollars net) for the period
ending 30 November 1994;

      12.   Decides that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observer Mission, their share in
the amount of 842,300 dollars gross (763,000 dollars net) from the
unencumbered balance of 15,712,958 dollars gross (14,221,605 dollars
net) for the period ending 30 November 1994 shall be set off against
their outstanding obligations;

      13.   Decides also that the remaining unencumbered balance of      
14,870,658 dollars gross (13,458,605 dollars net) in the Special
Account for the Observer Mission shall be credited to Member States;

      14.   Decides further to transfer the remaining interest and
miscellaneous income totalling 256,674 dollars and any surplus arising
from the eventual liquidation of the remaining obligations in the
Special Account for the Observer Mission to the Peace-keeping Reserve
Fund.

                                                         128th plenary meeting
                                                             17 September 1996


                                     Notes

1/   A/50/735/Add.1.

2/   A/50/1018.

3/   See resolutions 46/221 A and 48/223 A and decision 47/456.

4/   See resolution 49/19 B.

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